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MONDAY EDITION: I just made an attempt to register with the ARRL so I could take an EmCom course they offer. I could not register because my call sign is not found in their FCC database....are you shitting me ARRL. I guess I better not to try to rejoin....

The sun's magnetic field is about to flip. Here's what to expect.

The sun is on the verge of a significant event: a magnetic field reversal. 

This phenomenon happens roughly every 11 years and marks an important stage in the solar cycle. The shift in polarity indicates the halfway point of solar maximum, the height of solar activity, and the beginning of the shift toward solar minimum. 

The last time the sun's magnetic field flipped was toward the end of 2013. But what causes this switch in polarity, and is it dangerous? Let's take a deep look at the sun's magnetic field reversal and investigate the effects it could have on Earth.

To understand the magnetic field's reversal, first, it's important to be familiar with the solar cycle. This approximately 11-year cycle of solar activity is driven by the sun's magnetic field and is indicated by the frequency and intensity of sunspots visible on the surface. The height of solar activity during a given solar cycle is known as solar maximum, and current estimates predict it will occur between late 2024 and early 2026.

But there is another very important, albeit lesser-known, cycle that encapsulates two 11-year solar cycles. Known as the Hale cycle, this magnetic cycle lasts approximately 22 years, through which the sun's magnetic field reverses and then reverts to its original state, Ryan French, a solar astrophysicist and Space.com contributing writer, told Space.com. 

During solar minimum, the sun's magnetic field is close to a dipole, with one north pole and one south pole, similar to Earth's magnetic field. But as we shift toward solar maximum, "the sun's magnetic field becomes more complex, without a clear north-south pole separation," French said. By the time solar maximum passes and solar minimum arrives, the sun has returned to a dipole, albeit with a flipped polarity. FULL ARTICLE

Amateur Radio Connects Family Members During Utah Boating Emergency


On June 5, Isaac Stiles, KJ7FAY, and his 3-year-old son were involved in a boating accident. Their canoe had tipped over at the Lost Dog Confluence to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The initial emergency call was made by Stiles’ wife, Kendal. She had to drive to nearby campsites until she found someone with a phone and then made the call to the Green River Fire Department (GRFD). She told them the pair were in the water but could not be seen or found. Emergency responders rushed to the scene.

The fire crews were able to find Stiles and his son on the opposite side of the river. They were rescued by a Sweetwater County Sherrif’s Department boat. Stiles’ son needed ambulance transportation to a waiting Air Med Helicopter, which would then take him to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Stiles said that once his son was loaded into the ambulance to meet the helicopter, he needed to call his mother to take care of his other son...but there was no cell phone service. So, he tuned on his mobile ham radio to a local repeater and was able to reach Zach Gunyan, KE7WYG.

Gunyan made telephone contact with Stiles’ mother and relayed critical information. He also went a few steps further and stayed on the phone to help calm and assure Mrs. Stiles that everything was going well. He took the rest of the day off from work, kept monitoring the repeater until Stiles was back in the area, and then went to the scene of the accident to help recover the boat and equipment.

After the telephone conversations with Gunyan, Mrs. Stiles thanked him for his help, to which he replied, “This is why I originally got into ham radio, to help just one person in an emergency.”

Stiles had a hard time finding the words to thank Gunyan. “He’s always been a dependable person and helped in many amateur events,” said Stiles. “We are fast becoming good friends!”

Gunyan said he keeps his radio on most of the time, except when he is moving between locations and servicing computer networks. “I lose signal as I move from building to building,” said Gunyan. “But on the day of the accident, I just happened to be at the right place, where I could hear the call for help.”

Stiles’ son is now out of the hospital and on track to make a full recovery.

Gunyan is an ARRL member and the current president of the Sweetwater Amateur Radio Club (SARC). He is an Emergency Management volunteer with the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. Stiles, secretary of the SARC, is now working on a way to recognize Gunyan for his efforts during the accident.


WEEKEND EDITION: Cooking a hotdog.... Field Day is approaching, hope the weather holds out for the event...We see the sun every day as it rises and sets... it's one of the few constants in life. But it's a very dynamic body, throwing minor temper tantrums regularly. As it happens, we're at the peak of its 11-year cycle of activity and there's a lot going on! Dr. Alex Young, the Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, joins us to talk about the sun, solar activity cycles, the recent solar storms that have given us auroras and some communications blackouts, the science from the Parker solar probe, and much more. Don't take the friendly Mr. Sun for granted--join us for this fascinating episode!

ARRL Systems Service Disruption


We are continuing to make progress on restoring the ARRL network and many related systems and databases. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we carefully address and restore affected services.

While the Logbook of The World® server, Online DXCC, and related user data are secure and unaffected, we have taken the precautionary measure of keeping the services offline until we can ensure the security and integrity of our networks.

The ARRL Learning Center (learn.arrl.org), our online course and training hub, is accessible. The Learning Center includes content from across a variety of amateur radio topics and interests. The Learning Center will require a slightly different login experience while we continue to restore interconnected databases. Users who have logged into the Learning Center before will need to use their EMAIL ADDRESS and use the 'forgot my password' function to set a new Learning Center password. Users who are new to the system will sign up/register using their email address. When ARRL systems are fully restored, user accounts will be reconciled with membership accounts again.

ARRL Field Day is June 22 – 23, 2024. Visit www.arrl.org/field-day for rules and other resources to help prepare your participation. Following the event, online entries will be supported as usual at https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php.

The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator is continuing to process Amateur Radio License applications to the FCC. We have processed all applications from exam sessions uploaded by Volunteer Examiners through June 12, 2024. Sessions mailed to ARRL VEC and received by us are processed within 1 – 2 business days.

The new Amateur Extra-class Question Pool will be effective beginning July 1, 2024. New Extra-class exam booklet designs will be supplied to VE teams as soon as possible. Teams may also contact the ARRL VEC after July 1 for an emailed version in the interim.

Launching the boat and checking out the mooring this afternoon, it will have a vhf and a cheap chinese 2/440 radio this season....I have to repair an Icom 475H 75 watt all mode radio this weekend, the N connector is missing the center pin. I would like to take it out and put a plain UHF connector in its place, what could go wrong? .....

Just Ahead in Radiosport:

• June 15 -- Pajajaran Bogor DX Contest (phone)
• June 15 - 16 -- All Asian DX Contest (CW)
• June 15 - 16 -- SMIRK Contest CW (phone)
• June 15 - 16 -- IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest (CW)
• June 15 - 16 -- LZ International 6-Meter Contest (CW, phone)
• June 15 - 16 -- Stew Perry Topband Challenge (CW)
• June 15 - 16 -- West Virginia QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
• June 15 -- ARRL Kids Day [ https://www.arrl.org/Kids-Day ] (phone)
• June 16 -- Feld Hell Sprint (digital)
• June 16 -- WAB 50 MHz Phone (phone)
• June 16 -- SARL Youth QSO Party (phone)
• June 16 - 17 -- Run for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)
• June 17 -- RSGB FT4 Contest (FT4)
• June 19 -- VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest (FT8)
• June 22 - 23 -- 2024 ARRL Field Day [ http://www.arrl.org/field-day ]

Visit the ARRL Contest Calendar [ http://www.arrl.org/contest-calendar ] for more events and information.

Old Knobs with a Cast of Thousands

You have an old radio — in the case of [The Radio Mechanic], a Stromberg Carlson — and it needs new knobs. What do you do? You can’t very well pop down to the local store and find any knobs anymore. Even if you are lucky enough to be around an electronics store, they aren’t going to have knobs to do justice to an antique radio. You could 3D print them, of course, but there are a number of issues with transferring the old knob to a CAD file for printing. So [The Radio Mechanic] decided to cast them instead.

He printed some fixtures to help with the molding using two-part molding silicone. He mounted the knob on a shaft in a jig, filled the jig with silicone, and lowered the knob into the mix. The next day, he had a good-looking mold.

The next step, of course, is to cast with resin. Admittedly 3D printing would have been faster, but would not have as nice a surface finish. The epoxy resin is clear, but he was hopeful that some caramel pigment would match the original knob color. Spoiler alert: it didn’t. The resulting knob looked translucent, like a root beer barrel candy, rather than the brown sugar color of the original knob.

via Blog – Hackaday https://hackaday.com/2024/06/05/old-knobs-with-a-cast-of-thousands/
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2433 for Friday June 14th, 2024

Amateur Radio Newsline Report


NEIL/ANCHOR: Our top story takes us to Germany where the arrival of June 24th will herald much-anticipated changes for some hams. On that day, revisions to the Amateur Radio Ordinance take effect, granting simplified remote-operating privileges to holders of a Class A license, the highest of the country's now-three licenses. The ability to operate remotely has been a sought-after opportunity for many hams who want to stay active on the air but are not permitted to install antennas at their residence or suffer from a significant amount of electromagnetic interference there.

A project being undertaken by the D-A-R-C, Germany's national amateur radio organization, is bringing remote operation home, so to speak, by building a network of remote stations around the country that will be accessible to Class A hams in these situations. The development of the stations was funded from D-A-R-C PLUS membership funds. As reported recently by Radio D-A-R-C, 13 projects are going forward. Visitors to the ham radio fair in Friedrichshafen later this month will be present as the first of those stations is unveiled.



NEIL/ANCHOR: There are other big plans in Germany during a busy ham radio weekend this month. Jeremy Boot G4NJH fills us in.

JEREMY: As Ham Radio Friedrichshafen prepares to welcome visitors from the 28th to the 30th of June, Germany itself is preparing to welcome the first amateur radio operators to hold the country's new Class N licence. Candidates who have been studying for the big day can sit the Class N licence exam at Friedrichshafen where two of the earliest tests are being given on the 28th and 29th. A passing grade will give Germany's newest amateurs access to 70cm, 2m and 10m at a maximum power of 10 watts.

The 47th edition of the international radio trade fair - Europe's largest - takes its inspiration this year from the Islands on the Air awards scheme, which is marking its 60th anniversary. The Youth "Ham-camp" and "Ham Rally" are both returning, following their absence during the COVID pandemic.

More than 300 commercial exhibitors and associations are expected to be on hand as well.

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



NEIL/ANCHOR: The ARRL is not the only membership organization to have suffered an attack on its website recently. On May 30, the Society of Broadcast Engineers had its website content and pages removed by malware, according to an earlier SBE announcement.

On June 5th, an updated article posted on Radioworld.com said that the malware has since been removed and the SBE's website is back up and running. The SBE said it was able to restore its website content from a backup. The society assured members that none of their data had been compromised and they are now running scans to verify that any remnants from the attack have been eradicated.

The SBE comprises 116 chapters and more than 4,500 members who work in the broadcast and multimedia technology fields.




NEIL/ANCHOR: Cyclone Remal devastated homes and destroyed lives as it swept through parts of India and Bangladesh in May, but no one expected the deadly storm to help one family find wholeness amid the wreckage. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF has that story.

JIM: Believed to be dead after he had gone missing four years ago, a fish merchant from Bangladesh was reunited with his family even as Cyclone Remal was poised to destroy thousands of others' lives. While evacuating a district in West Bengal to shelters to prepare for the coming storm, a civil defence worker, Anup Sasmal, noticed a man who was sitting alone at an embankment, talking quietly to himself incoherently. According to media reports, authorities recognised that the man was a Bangladeshi who had somehow become displaced. They contacted the West Bengal Radio Club, which has expertise in assisting in missing persons cases. The club had already sent many of its members to Sagar Island to assist with emergency communications during the cyclone but the hams remaining reached out to amateur radio operators in Bangladesh. Radio operators there were able to locate the man's village and ultimately his family by providing a physical description and other details. The man and his family were immediately reunited via an emotional video call and arrangements were made to have him return home after the storm. It is not known how or how long ago the Bangladeshi national ended up across the border from his home country or what happened to him in the years in between.

This is Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.




NEIL/ANCHOR: The amateur radio community in India recently suffered the loss of two accomplished hams. We hear about them both from Graham Kemp VK4BB.

GRAHAM: Hams in India gathered on the 5th of June - on what would have been the 70th birthday of Ronald Sequeira, VU2RLS - to celebrate his life as a respected, widely known author whose passions also extended into amateur radio, where he showed great skill and a generous heart. Ronald belonged to the Mangalore Amateur Radio Club and was a life member of the Amateur Radio Society of India. Ronald was president of the Konkari Writers and Artists Association and was widely known in India's literary circles for his essays and other writings. He died on the 6th of May after a long illness. His longtime friend, Sri Bhat, VU2SBJ, told Newsline that Ronald always brought a personal touch to the many local VHF nets he conducted and he used his writing skills to craft the right words for the moment. Sri told Newsline: [quote] "Unfortunately we have lost his lively presence and are left with only fond memories." [endquote]

Meanwhile, amateurs in Hyderabad and Vijayawada are grieving for a young promising radio amateur who died on the 8th of June after succumbing to injuries from an earlier automobile accident. According to news reports, 27-year-old Pavan Kumar, VU3LFZ, was well-known as an active amateur in Andhra Pradesh and was also an accomplished photographer. He received serious head injuries from the accident three weeks earlier and had been in a coma. Pavan was active in the amateur community and had served as a delegate last November at Hamfest India in Ahmedabad.

This is Graham Kemp VK4BB.



NEIL/ANCHOR: There's amateur radio - there's amateur astronomy - and there's amateur radio astronomy. All of that is about to come together under one roof in upstate New York, and Andy Morrison K9AWM tells us how.

ANDY: The Chautauqua Amateur Radio Service has quite a few things in common with the Martz-Kohl Observatory in Frewburg, New York, a nonprofit facility focusing on citizen science, science education and outreach. What they have most in common are the names on their respective membership rosters.

In fact, so many club members belong to the observatory that the next step was a natural progression of their relationship. Club treasurer Bob Swanson, KD2PZV, told the Post Journal that the hams had been looking for a permanent home and the observatory seemed to be just the right spot. He told the website: [quote] "There is a lot in common with what radio services do and astronomy. Radio astronomy has become a big deal.” [endquote]

He said the observatory has a busy calendar of events that can incorporate ham radio participation. In fact, the next event most certainly will be all about amateur radio: It's ARRL Field Day on June 22nd and 23rd, when the Chautauqua amateurs will be calling "CQ Field Day" on the observatory property, not far from the county's highest point.

Bob expressed hope that the observatory and the hams can craft an agreement that also makes them partners in science education initiatives there. That will help visitors keep an eye on the stars and the planets as well as on the radio waves everywhere.

This is Andy Morrison K9AWM.



NEIL/ANCHOR: The Russian Flora and Fauna organization has severed ties with World Wide Flora and Fauna and will no longer participate in its awards program. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has an update.

JEREMY: The coordinator of the Russian Flora and Fauna awards programme announced on the RFF website that it is withdrawing from World Wide Flora and Fauna activities effective immediately. Vitaly, RN3ANT, wrote that the decision was made with regret because of recent actions by the WWFF Committee, including the elimination in April of Crimean RRF park references.

Vitaly said in the June 7th posting that award applications that have already been approved will be completed but new RFF-H applications through WWFF will not.

He said that Russia's own Flora and Fauna programme will continue to operate and issue awards.

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



NEIL/ANCHOR: You don't have to live in the Chicago area to check into this new net for newly licensed hams - but you do have to be a newcomer! On Wednesdays at 0500 UTC, local amateurs can check in on 145.230 MHz, with an offset of -600 kHz and a PL tone of 107.2 Hz. Everyone else is welcome to check in via Echolink Node K9IIK-R or Allstar Node 27833. This is a startup net for startup amateurs and it meets courtesy of the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Repeater Association. This is a place where hams can share knowledge and offer encouragement to anyone in any country who wants some hints or a little boost to their morale. The net's creation was announced on the QRZ.com forums by Kirk K9MSG, who added: "ALL WELCOME."



NEIL/ANCHOR: Four US callsigns are taking on a special meaning this month during Pride Month. Dave Parks WB8ODF tells us how -- and why -- to contact them.

DAVE: Founded in Australia, the Pride Radio Group has become an LGBTQ+ virtual radio club whose members around the globe enjoy shared values. Their latest event is called CQ Pride, a special event being held in connection with Pride Month. The on-air activity celebrates inclusion and diversity in amateur radio. Listen for the callsigns N6L, N6G, N6B and N6T operating on all bands and all modes. Operators have been on the air since the 6th of June and will continue through to the 17th of June at 0100 UTC.

Hams who collect QSL cards from all four stations will be able to make a poster out of them.

The popular event was first launched by Pride Radio Group in 2022.

This is Dave Parks WB8ODF.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Who is better at building things than some amateur radio operators? One ham club in Mississippi has been building a partnership with a local library and just took a new step in keeping those bonds strong. Sel Embee KB3TZD gives us those details.

SEL: The Jackson Amateur Radio Club has already shown its Mississippi community the power of amateur radio thanks to a newly formed partnership with the public library system in suburban Madison County. Now the library has a pair of 3D printers - gifts to the library from the hams to encourage library patrons to engage in "maker" activities that might be useful to amateur radio or other electronics-related activities. Frank Howell, K4FMH, described the gift in a recent blog post, explaining that the printers, which have a combined retail value of $3,000, will be free for the patrons to use provided they cover the cost of the resin used to print any files.

A June 7th press release from the club, Frank, assistant director for the ARRL's Delta Division, praised the club as a "national leader" in creating this kind relationship with public libraries, calling libraries [quote] "the most common cultural crossroad in the US." [endquote]

Earlier this year the club hosted the first of what will be quarterly events for the library system, introducing patrons to the process by which they can get their ham radio license. The library system has also committed to having at least one staff member at each branch get their license too and to have a basic radio shack on the premises.

This is Sel Embee KB3TZD.



In the world of DX, you have until the 16th of June to work members of the Radio Club de la Sarthe. They are on the air as TM24H, celebrating the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Be listening on all bands, where hams will be using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8. They are also looking for contacts via the QO-100 geostationary satellite. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

Chas, NK8O, will be active again as 5H3DX from near Dodoma, Tanzania between the 18th and 30th of June, operating CW, FT8 in fox and hound mode and FT4. Listen for him on 30 through 10 metres. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

Listen for Felix, DL6JF, operating holiday style as 8Q7JF from the Maldives, IOTA Number AS-013, until the 29th of June. He is using CW and some FT8 in fox and hound mode, on 30-6 metres. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

A team of operators using the callsign 9M1Z (Nine Em One Zed) are active from the western tip of Malaysian Borneo, Sarawak, until the 30th of June. Listen on 80-6 metres for operators calling on SSB, CW and FT8. QSL information can be found at QRZ.com



NEIL/ANCHOR: Six months ago, during the holiday season, you no doubt heard Newsline end a December report with a poem that was adapted from the Clement Clarke Moore classic "Night Before Christmas." It's June now, and the ham radio holiday is Field Day, so our own Randy Sly W4XJ, has offered to help us celebrate the season with an adaptation he wrote to end this week's report. Happy Field Day everyone. Randy?

RANDY: Twas the night before Field Day
and all through the shack
there were boxes and cables and lawn chairs to pack
Most ops were all home, each snuggled in bed
But the chairman of Field Day was dealing with dread.

The 20 phone op was at home with the mumps
Propagation for 80 was down in the dumps
The chili was burned so the noon meal was lost
and the tower for 10 was still broke due to cost.

But then at the door his old dog gave a yelp and three brand new hams stood there ready to help.
“We love our new hobby,” they said with delight,
“and want to be part of our Field Day tonight.”

One cooked some new chili, while the others pitched in
to look at the tower and their fix was a win.
Together, the three with the chair made things right,
So the following day could begin with delight.

When Field Day was launched and the ops went to work, all the bands were quite active and the new hams could lurk,
To see how these vets could make contacts galore,
but the OMs called out to the three, “hey, there’s more!”

Come sit here beside us and learn how to send,
to check for all dupes and our logs to amend.
We too love this hobby and want to pass on
all the skill that we’ve gathered before we’re all gone.

This Field Day was more than a contest or art,
but a chance for these new hams to now be a part.
With points quickly coming from stations still bright,
the chairman, so happy, wished all ops a good night.


THURSDAY EDITION: I wish I could stop this computer from trying to download Windows 11, I understand it is not that easy to do without getting into the registry or something.....I wish the ARRL website had a daikly news section....Guns and ham radio meet....

LoTW Will Be Back!

Jon Bloom (ex-KE3Z) was the original developer of LoTW; he certainly understands LoTW‘s internals.
Yesterday, he posted this on the ARRL-LoTW online forum:
"Despite ARRL's statements that LoTW and DXCC data are safe, it seems that some users are concerned that this may not be the case due to the time that it is taking to restore service.
Perhaps it will ease some minds if I tell you that I know for certain that these data are safe. I know this because I personally assisted ARRL staff to get these data backed up to locations and systems that are in no way connected to ARRL's HQ or cloud systems. The LoTW data, for example, exists in multiple physical locations and cloud backup services. Such is also the case for the LoTW source code. In addition, I imported the LoTW data backup into a separate, new test database system to verify it. This took several days since the database is about 3 terabytes in size. (It's a LOT of data!)
Getting the systems themselves back on-line is another matter, and I have no information to share about that as I'm not involved in the ongoing process of restoring them. ARRL has apparently made the decision, wisely in my view, not to bring any affected systems back into service until all parts of them can be vetted and secured. But the data itself is safe, and LoTW will definitely be back at some point."
LoTW will re-awaken with the same terrible user interface it had when it first became publicly available in 2003. Perhaps ARRL leadership will learn from this “incident” that in the age of social media, its ongoing mismanagement of LoTW and associated award systems (DXCC, VUCC, WAS) damages the organization’s credibility with both existing members and prospective members. For an organization struggling to reverse its decline in membership, this is not a good thing!
de AA6YQ


WEDNESDAY EDITION: Wednesday morning coffee and donuts at the CAARA club if you are in the Gloucester area, all welcome...

Rich using the Chameleon modular antenna system in Essex, MA  during a special event at the boat yard.

The 13 Colonies Special Event is one of my favorites. It has a relaxed pace over the course of a week and the location of the stations represent a challenge on HF in that they are across the the ocean and across our state
The 13 Colonies Special Event will take place July 1-7, 2024. Operating times are July 1,1300 UTC to July 8, 0400 UTC. Thirteen special call signs will be on the air, each one representing one of the original 13 British colonies that were established in 1607. Three additional bonus call signs will be on the air representing Great Britain, France, and Philadelphia.
All HF bands can be used, including the WARC bands, with the exception of 60 meters. Simplex on 2 meters and 6 meters is encouraged. The southeastern stations on the east coast are very close to each other. It will be harder for these states to contact each other so, use of 40-160 meters is encouraged.
All modes of operation may be used, including SSB, CW, RTTY, and digital. The mode of operation is up to the individual colony state station. More information about logs, call signs, and QSL certifications can be found at The Annual 13 Colonies Special Event.


TUESDAY EDITION: Beautiful day to finally pull off the boat cover and fire up the engine, install the new VHF radio, and get it ready for the weekend.....

Begali key plant shut down temporarily

Ham Busts the Myth of Ground

Everyone who deals with electronics knows that grounding is important. Your house has a copper rod in the ground. But [Kristen K6WX] has news: the idea of ground is kind of a myth. She explained at a talk at the recent ARRL National Convention, and if you didn’t make it, you can watch it in the video below.

The problem is analogous to finding something that is standing still. You really can only talk about something standing still relative to something else. Sure, you might be standing still outside a building, but seen from the moon, you and the building are spinning around at about one revolution per day. If you were sitting on the sun and not burning up, you’d see lots of motion of everything, and, of course, the sun itself is moving in the right frame of reference.

So what’s ground? Just a common reference between two things. [Kristen] gets into RF grounds, DC grounds, and phasors. If you’ve ever wanted to ground your antenna or deal with RF interference, you’ll find a lot of information in this 45-minute video.


MONDAY EDITION: Field Day in coming up and we are doing the same thing as last year. Setting up on Hospital Hill in Rockport about 200 feet above sea level with a nice view of the ocean. We are not cont4esters so will just setup a few radios and antennas and spend more time talking to each other and cooking out than really  operating. We will have Jim- K1TT bringing over a satellite setup for show and tell and maybe a few contacts. We will also setup the new FT710 for digital modes and open it to the public of course.....

Building and Testing a 1912-style Radio

Doing electronics in the 1910s was rather rough, with the radio probably the pinnacle of hi-tech. Despite this, with some know-how and basic wood- and metal-working skills you could get pretty far with DIY-ing a radio set. As [glasslinger] demonstrates in a YouTube video, you can even build your own set with your own crafted tube-amplifier. With items like a hand-crafted resistor and capacitor – as well as tuning elements and period-correct point-to-point wiring – it definitely has that retro vibe to it.Such DIY projects used to be very commonly featured in electronics magazine, even after the transistor came onto the scene by the 1950s. The fancier designs use a regenerative design, like this one by [Dick Whipple] which provides not only some background theory, but also the full schematic and how-to in case you feel like giving it a shake yourself.

via Blog – Hackaday https://hackaday.com/2024/06/02/building-and-testing-a-1912-style-radio/

Field Day is ham radio's open house.

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 40,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. With participation throughout North America, we set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is the 100-year-old organization for Amateur Radio operators and WECA is recognized as a Special-Service club member of ARRL. The objective of Field Day is for us to contact as many stations as possible on the 160-, 80-, 40-, 20-,15- and 10-Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.

For Field Day, WECA starts at 10 AM Saturday June 22 by the Gazebo on the soccer field next to the beach in Harbor Island Park to set up 6 Ham Radio Stations, assemble various antennas, raise a 100-foot radio tower and from 2 PM operate for 24 hours making contacts with other Field Day station across the US and Canada. By 4 PM on Sunday, we have taken down all of our equipment.

The public is invited to come down and learn all about the Ham Radio hobby and we have a special station where you can get on the air in the contest supervised by a FCC-Licensed WECA member. Come see how we utilize our Emergency Communications truck along with equipment supplied by the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to provide a real-world test of how we train to function in case of a local disaster where normal communications might be knocked out.

Westchester Emergency Communications Association (WECA)
Harbor Island Park (what3words - spin.pops.winner)
Mamaroneck, NY
Talk-in: 147.0600(+0.60) PL114.8, on site 146.5650(simplex) PL114.8
Contact: Steve Pendzuk


WEEKEND EDITION: Anyone in New England want to trade me a FT991A for a Kenwood 950SDX with mike and speaker????....

Wellesley, MA Amateur Radio Society holding annual Field Day in Needham

The Wellesley Amateur Radio Society will hold its annual Field Day at the Needham Memorial Park gazebo (92 Rosemary Street) on the weekend of June 22 and 23 in coordination with the American Radio Relay League.

The goal of Field Day is to practice emergency communications under sub-optimal conditions so that the group can stay prepared with direct radio communications for an actual emergency, loss of power, or loss of cellular or internet connectivity. A secondary goal is to encourage the public to explore radio service and and learn about it as a hobby.

On Saturday, June 22 at 11am, the group  will set up temporary antennas and radios and contact other amateur (“ham”) radio stations across the United States who are also set up in similar conditions until 8PM as well as Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. This effort allows participants to exercise deploying equipment and sending information as might be needed during an actual emergency, exploring new technology and have some fun over the weekend.

ARRL Member Bulletin for June 6, 2024


June 6, 2024   

Dear ARRL member,   

We are writing to inform you of a serious incident that has impacted ARRL’s operations. On or around May 12, 2024, ARRL was the victim of a sophisticated network attack by a malicious international cyber group. We immediately involved the FBI and engaged with third party experts to investigate.   

On May 16, on the eve of the ARRL National Convention in Ohio, we posted a notice on our website to inform members about the incident. Since then, we have made substantial progress to mitigate the impact of this attack on our organization. We have been posting regular updates, including the status of restored services. Please refer to our dedicated news post at https://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-systems-service-disruption.   

We are aware that certain members believe we should be openly communicating everything associated with this incident. We are working with industry experts, including cyber crime attorneys and the authorities, who have directed us to be conservative and cautious with our communications while restoring the ARRL network.   

Many of our services and programs have been impacted by this attack. We have been diligently assessing each system to ascertain the extent of compromise. For example, while the Logbook of The World® server and related user data were unaffected, we have taken the precautionary measure of keeping the service offline until we can ensure the security and integrity of our networks. Similarly, access to Online DXCC is unavailable, although individual award data remains secure.   

Fortunately, some of our key systems, such as the ARRL website and our association membership system, were unaffected. Despite the severity of the attack, no personal information was compromised. Additionally, ARRL does not store credit card information anywhere on our systems, and we do not collect social security numbers.   

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2432 for Friday June 7th, 2024


JIM/ANCHOR: As phones came back into service at the Connecticut headquarters of the ARRL, the league's communications remained sparse and carefully worded about the apparent cyberattack that disabled its networks, servers and other systems, including Logbook of the World.

Breaking a public silence of not quite one week, the league said on its website that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and third-party experts had been called in, early on, to help investigate. The league said that managers formed an incident response team.

The league's message, posted on the 4th of June on its website, offered no insights as to whether the source of the network shutdown came from an internal or external attack but said the FBI told them they considered the incident [quote] "unique." [unquote]. The league offered no further explanation. The ARRL has said that no sensitive data, such as credit card numbers, had been exposed and any details about members were already publicly accessible from other sites.

The ARRL's message said that the staff was testing applications and interfaces with an eye toward restoring their proper operation - but did not elaborate further.

The ARRL Contest Portal was to be available on a limited basis, as the dates for International Digital Contest and the June VHF Contest approached.

Membership renewals were also being accepted online and by phone.



JIM/ANCHOR: Among ham radio outdoor enthusiasts, is anything quite so big as POTA? Try MEGA POTA. In fact, that's what hams in Puerto Rico did late last month - and Andy Morrison K9AWM tells us how things went.

ANDY: The nature of ham radio and the nature of nature itself connected in a very big way last month in the Caribbean as hams in Puerto Rico enjoyed the simultaneous activation of more than 20 parks throughout the island on the same day. One of the organizers, Emilio, WP4KEY, told Amateur Radio Newsline in an email: [quote] "May 26, 2024 has been written in gold letters in the book of amateur radio in the Caribbean because this has been the largest event to be held." [endquote]

It was as much a celebration as an activation. Hams participated from the Amateur Radio Alliance KP4ARA, the Lares Radio Club, KP4NET, and numerous other groups worked stations in South America, Australia, Europe, the US and elsewhere in the world. Emilio told Newsline that this was the second event of its kind but the inaugural MEGA POTA, held on November 16th, 2019, was nowhere near this size.

As Emilio told Newsline: [quote] "Mega POTA offered for activators a unique experience that blends technology with the great outdoors and hunters a unique opportunity to get those sometimes difficult to get clubs and parks including some for the first time as activators." [endquote]
Emilio activated with his wife, Wanda, KP4NYC and his son, Emilio, KP4HBK.

MEGA POTA 2025 is already in the works. Emilio said that next year's activations will include more demonstrations for members of the public stopping by and offer guided tours of the island's cultural and natural attractions. Next year he expects to have even more to celebrate.

This is Andy Morrison K9AWM.



JIM/ANCHOR: Planning and coordination were at the root of what made Puerto Rico's MEGA POTA a success. Somehow, however, the stars seem to have aligned on their own among Summits on the Air enthusiasts in a number of European countries. Jeremy Boot G4NJH explains.

JEREMY: Several groups of SOTA hams have decided - quite independently - to declare the 8th and 9th of June a big Summits on the Air weekend, each in their own way. SOTA activators in Switzerland and France are preparing for their respective Mountain Activation Days during the weekend. In Wales, the big summit-to-summit event on Saturday the 8th will be followed by a hog roast. VHF is not left out with the Spanish VHF-SOTA-FM event on the 8th and in England, the 144 MHz Backpackers scaling summits on the 9th.

If propagation is cooperative, all this could create some very full logs. Sometimes, even when there is no organized international effort, enthusiasm seems to help things along.

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



JIM/ANCHOR: For more than six decades, Project OSCAR was a success - but now Project OSCAR is no more. Neil Rapp WB9VPG tells us about the organization that built and launched the first ham radio satellite and all that followed.

NEIL: Amateur radio satellites were the reason Project OSCAR came into being, from that first 22-day orbit by OSCAR 1 in 1961, followed by subsequent satellites -- a total of 121 OSCARS over six decades. Now the organization is being dismantled and AMSAT is to receive its remaining funds. AMSAT has also been given the right to use the term OSCAR, which is an acronym for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio.

AMSAT expressed its appreciation for the 64-year journey of the early organization and issued a statement on AMSAT News saying: [quote] "The large and growing amateur satellite community owes its existence to those early pioneers who decided that amateur radio had a place in space and made it happen. AMSAT is committed to upholding the legacy of those early pioneers and keeping Amateur Radio in Space." [endquote]

This is Neil Rapp WB9VPG.



JIM/ANCHOR: A special delivery is underway - the first rock and soil samples from the far side of the moon. China's mission to the dark side of the moon is returning with that precious cargo, the first samples of its kind gathered during any lunar exploration. The Chinese National Space Administration mission faced special challenges. Among them, the uncrewed Chang'e mission relied on communication with a specially deployed relay satellite because there is no direct radio communication with the dark side of the moon.




JIM/ANCHOR: Created just this past February, the STEM Amateur Radio Club is already getting in quite a bit of air time -- with balloons. Jack Parker W8ISH catches up with their progress.

JACK: Kids and balloons naturally go together but when the kids - some as young as 9 - are ham radio operators, you can bet that what fires them up more than anything are pico balloons. With Bill Brown, WB8ELK, as her mentor, Vicki Carnes, AD3I, who started the club, guided the youngsters in launching two pico balloons from the Xenia Fairgrounds during Hamvention. They are now preparing for a launch near Andrew Jackson State Park in South Carolina during Field Day using the club callsign, N4TVV-1.

Vicki believes this is amateur radio showcasing some of its more educational moments to young hams. She told Newsline: [quote] "The really awesome thing about pico-ballooning, other than the technical side, is kids learn about World Geography and it sticks with them. I think it stays with them because it's personal. Their balloon's tracking means something to them." [endquote] In short, if they didn't know anything about the Aleutian Islands or the Canary Islands before, they do now because the one surviving balloon - W8BI-12 - had those locations on its very trackable path. It recently completed a circumnavigation of the globe, 8 miles above the planet, and the kids are along for the ride.

If you want to share tracking its 2-metre signal with them, visit aprs.fi – the live APRS map - and in the top right corner, enter the call sign.

This is Jack Parker W8ISH.



NASA astronauts Suni Williams, KD5PLB, and Butch Wilmore at last launched into space on the morning of Wednesday the 5th of June aboard the first Boeing Starliner, following a series of aborted attempts and delays tied to technical issues dating back to May. The pair are scheduled to stay on International Space Station for about 10 days.

NASA's commercial crew program has a $4.3 billion contract with commercial space transport providers and the two astronauts comprise Boeing's first crewed mission in that program.
of the North Coast Amateur Radio Club in Brunswick, Ohio on Sundays at 8 p.m. during the weekly information net.


JIM/ANCHOR: June's arrival means it's time to shine a little light on those beloved beacons of maritime safety, the lighthouses and lightships around the world. The weekend event coming up in August is not a contest but you might say there's a little bit of friendly competition going on right now among operators in various countries to see who can register as many of these historic structures as they can. Jason Daniels VK2LAW tells us about it.

JASON: Lighthouses and lightships have typically transmitted reliable light beams to guide ships home from their journeys over the years. On August 17th and 18th, hams will be at many of those same sites transmitting signals from Australia, Argentina, Germany, the UK, Belgium, South Africa, the US - and any other country that takes pride in the history that makes each of them so special.

Some stations will be QRP; others may operate QRO. Some stations will be operated solo and others by teams. There are no restrictions, just guidelines. Registration is not mandatory but organisers strongly encourage it.

Visit the website illw.net for details.

This is Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




JIM/ANCHOR: The United States isn't the only country which has seen debates over the future of commercial AM radio broadcasting. In Japan, AM transmitters are being increasingly shut off, as we hear from Graham Kemp VK4BB.

GRAHAM: A handful of Japan's AM radio broadcasters have ended their transmissions. Operators say it's only for a trial period so officials can study the impact of the loss of this form of radio broadcasting which has been on the air in Japan for 99 years. Thirteen of Japan's 47 stations have gone silent, according to the Japan Today website. The trial shutdown is being conducted so that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications can evaluate the impact of the suspensions.

AM station operators cite the increasing cost of maintaining and upgrading facilities that far exceed the cost of stations that broadcast FM. They also note that FM radio and other forms of transmission are not prone to the same static and noise that can plague an AM signal. Many AM radio broadcasters are already offering something called "Wide range FM" as an alternative, allowing the same programs to be broadcast on FM radio, including public safety announcements for disaster preparedness. The increased popularity of podcasts also affects the number of radio listeners.

Japan's communications ministry says the trial shutdown could finish as late as January 2025. At that point, the broadcasters will have to make up their minds whether to return to the air or go silent forever.

This is Graham Kemp VK4BB.



JIM/ANCHOR: It's no secret that leaders such as Gordon West WB6NOA and Carole Perry WB2MGP stand for the very best of what we can give back to the amateur radio community. Recognizing this, awards carrying their names are given each year at Hamcation in Orlando, Florida, where the next convention is set for February 7th through 9th of 2025. The Hamcation committee will accept nominations for these recognition awards through the 1st of November.

Hams whose efforts have focused on the nurturing and advancement of young radio operators may be nominated for the Carole Perry Educator of the Year award is bestowed on an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to educating, mentoring and advancing youth in amateur radio.

Nominees for the Gordon West Ambassador of the Year Award should demonstrate ambassadorship in the true sense of the word, engaging in volunteer efforts that include promoting amateur radio at public events, fostering understanding among non-amateurs and helping spread good will.

You will find links in the text version of this week's newscast that give additional information about the awards and provide access to nomination forms.

[DO NOT READ: www.hamcation.com/award-gordon-west

www.hamcation.com/award-carol-perry ]




In the World of DX, listen for Mike, AB5EB, on the HF bands as HQ9EB from Roatan Island, IOTA Number NA-057, in Honduras until the 11th of June. Mike will also compete in the ARRL June VHF Contest taking place from the 8th through to the 10th of June. QSL via his home call

The RSGB's National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings by hosting special event station GB2DAY through to the 9th of June. Listen on 80 and 40 metres where operators will be using CW and SSB. QSL via eQSL.

Five radio operators will be using their personal callsigns from Isla Gorgona, IOTA Number SA-017, from the 7th through to the 11th of June. Listen for HK4C, HK4LPA, HK4SSI, HK4T and HK4X. A special event callsign may be announced later. Operators will be using SSB, FT8 and FT4 on 80 through 6 metres. They will also operate via satellite. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

Listen for John, K9EL, who is operating holiday style as FS/K9EL from St. Martin, IOTA number NA-105, through to the 19th of June. Although he will be on the HF bands, his main focus will be 6 metres. See QRZ.com for QSL details.



JIM/ANCHOR: Never mind graduation ceremonies. At one prestigious university in Pennsylvania, the recent end of the semester ends not with a cap and gown but....an amateur radio license. Travis Lisk N3ILS explains.

TRAVIS: The three-credit course is called Introduction to Amateur Radio and it recently concluded its spring semester in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. This isn't the kind of weekend ham cram of one-day course many US amateurs have become accustomed to: This technology, history and a bit of sociology, taking students from the Radio Act of 1912, which gave the public its rights to the electromagnetic spectrum to antenna-building, satellite communications and operating safely in the field.

Assistant teaching professor Tom Zajdel, AA3TZ, told public radio station W-E-S-A that ham radio's changing technology will always ensure it has a future.

The course was introduced in 2023 and - never mind getting an A or a B - the real test is sitting for the FCC exam.

Anish Singhani, K3RTL, who took the course, is now president of the university radio club.

He told the public radio station: [quote] “I think it's one of the very unique things about ham radio: It's a people thing. At its core, it's about the people." [endquote]

This is Travis Lisk N3ILS.


It makes the Ameritron amplifier look small.

FRIDAY EDITION: I hooked up the Kenwood 950SDX to my antenna and must say it is a nice receiver, I listened on 20/75 meters and plugged in the Kenwood external speaker, great audio, sensitivity and selectivity and low noise....but it so damn big....Today I have to try the transmit side with the MC60 microphone and see if it sounds good and puts out the advertised 150 watts. I love that it has the built in AC supply....TODAY'S DUMBASS AWARD...Another dumbass trying a D Day reenactment on beach on Martha's Vinyard...Thank the good Lord they figured this out, now maybe they will have time figure out how to stop polluting the world

ARRL Systems Service Disruption...but what ablout LoTW?????

Updated 6/6/2024

We are aware that certain members believe we should be openly communicating everything associated with this incident. We are working with industry experts, including cyber crime attorneys and the authorities, who have directed us to be conservative and cautious with our communications while restoring the ARRL network.

ARRL’s association membership system was not impacted by this attack. Members can renew online at www.arrl.org/join or by phoning ARRL. Additionally, the online ARRL Store is operating as normal. ARRL Field Day merchandise is still available for immediate shipping. Please see this latest news story about ARRL Field Day.

The digital edition of the July 2024 issue of QST will be available as scheduled, on Friday, June 7. The print edition will go to press on Monday, June 10. Members may also access digital editions of QST dating back to 2012, and current and previous issues of On the Air, QEX, and NCJ magazines back to 2020.

As previously reported, the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator is processing Amateur Radio License applications received from Volunteer Examiners who completed candidate exam sessions. As of June 6, our staff are processing applications from exams given on May 22.

As previously reported, W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station is fully operational with voice, CW, and digital bulletins, code practice, and qualifying runs. The station continues to welcome visiting operators during normal visiting hours.

The ARRL June VHF Contest is June 8 – 10, 2024. Online log submission will be supported as usual. The log submission function was similarly supported for the recent ARRL Digital Contest, held June 1 – 2.

The publication of most ARRL e-newsletters, including the weekly ARRL Letter, has resumed with minimal disruption to regular schedules. A new platform for emailing newsletters has been implemented, leading to some variations in layout.


Students at Belmont Elementary School recently had an opportunity to speak directly with Dr. Jeanette Epps, a mission specialist, aboard the space station. Thanks to the school’s radio club and Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), students used amateur “ham” radio to ask Dr. Epps questions about life in space.

“As a SpaceX fan, it's very amazing. And I was elated we managed to get to do this stuff in the school,” said Hayden, a student. “It's just basically amazing.”

Kathy Lamont, a gifted education teacher, shared that it was a student-led effort to organize the talk. “I hope that the students really were able to see that they could organize things. They could put things together and learn hard things, which is really what space exploration is.”

Over 200 questions were submitted by students at Belmont, which were then vetted down to 17 due to the short window of time the students could talk with Dr. Epps.

“This is a once-in-a-life chance, and you shouldn't take it for granted,” said Alexandra, another student.

ARRISS is an organization that aims to connect students directly with crew members of the international space station with hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

View the live conversation.

Warsaw University of Technology students plan to launch third satellite in 2025

Students from the Warsaw University of Technology have been working on the third in a series of nanosatellites, which they plan to put into space in the fall of 2025.

The launch was originally scheduled for this year, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Students Space Association of the university’s Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering successfully put the first Polish satellite, PW-Sat, into orbit in 2012. This feat was followed in 2018 by the launch of PW-Sat2.

Now PW-Sat3, a cube satellite, is intended to continue the work of its two predecessors. Its purpose is to test the drive that enables maneuvers within orbit and solutions for avoiding space junk.

Read more – TVP: https://bit.ly/3XbTCdf



Fuse checks out....

THURSDAY EDITION: Logbook of the World is still being held hostage.... For helping a family price a large collection (which I thought he might donate to the club but didn't), I was given the choice of one radio. I picked a Kenwood 950SDX, also was a Icom 775 and Yaesu FT1000 for my consideration. I brought it home with the matching speaker and desk  mike and cleaned it up, it was caked in dust, and let it run last night. It is still running and will put an antenna on it later. What I didn't consider was how big and heavy this radio is, over 50 pounds and 17 x 17 x 7, it is a monster. It was over $4300 new in the late 90's until 2002 and considered one of the best radios Kenwood ever made. I will be the judge of that!...House two up from me is for sale with1.5 acre lot, enough to split the lot and build a nice little cape cod style home...trying to decide what to do...probably forget it and spend more time with my hobby..

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Busy yesterday with a building proposition, I may come out of retirement for one last hurrah...If you are in the area, we are at the CAARA radio club this morning from 10-noon ebaying gear. Coffee and donuts..

ARRL Systems Service Disruption

Updated 6/4/2024

On or around May 12, 2024, ARRL was the victim of a sophisticated network attack by a malicious international cyber group. ARRL immediately involved the FBI and engaged with third party experts to investigate.

This serious incident was extensive and categorized by the FBI as “unique,” compromising network devices, servers, cloud-based systems, and PCs.

ARRL management quickly established an incident response team. This has led to an extensive effort to contain and remediate the networks, restore servers, and staff are beginning the testing of applications and interfaces to ensure proper operation.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as our staff continue to work through this with an outstanding team of experts to restore full functionality to our systems and services.

We will continue to update members as advised and to the extent we are able.

Tampa Amateur Radio Club prepares for hurricane season during Field Day exercise

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane season has arrived and radio operators in Tampa Bay are making sure they are prepared to in the ARRL Field Day this year, along with several others across the U.S. and pick up a radio and tune in and talk to people all over the world,” Tampa Amateur Radio Club Treasurer Daniel McDonald said. Field Day is an exercise where tens of thousands of radio amateurs practice their skills from remote locations.

“We want to do it completely seamlessly and have the ability to make sure our equipment works, that’s one of the main things,” McDonald said.

During a storm, cellular service may be limited so that is why radio operators said it is necessary to have a radio in your hurricane kit.

“Even if you have nothing more than like a wound-up emergency radio, you may not be able to get the message out, but you’ll be able to get the message,” Tampa Amateur Radio Club President Bill Bode said.

The public is invited to learn about emergency amateur radio during Field Day Sunday until 2 p.m. The location is in Tampa, north of Sligh Ave near 22nd Street Park.

For more details on how to get involved, visit the Tampa Amateur Radio Club’s Facebook page.

Panhandle Amateur Radio Club provides support during severe weather (Texas)

The Amateur Radio Club is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing support across the Panhandle during severe weather and disasters.

“Those events can take out the infrastructure, communication infrastructure for first responders. We can fit a role and work side by side with first responders, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, local fire department EOC, and we can restore some communications during those events when everything else fails,” said Cory Elliott, public information officer for Panhandle Amateur Radio Club.

The Amateur Radio Club has over 45 radio operators trained in the Panhandle on emergency incident response. For more information on obtaining a ham radio license, click here.

“Cell towers are great don’t get me wrong, but if there’s an emergency event going on and too many people tried to use them, even if the towers are intact they clog the system up and you won’t be able to get a call through,” said Raymond Winter, extra class Amateur Radio Club operator.

Read more – KFDA: https://bit.ly/4aFUN7L


MONDAY EDITION: I have a Henry 2K-4 amplifier for sale, runs 2- 3-500z tubes, legal limit, untested as is, best offer, pickup only if you can- 135#.....

Open Source in Amateur Radio

Welcome to the Open Source in Amateur Radio wiki! This resource is dedicated to providing information about open-source software and hardware as well as free home-brew projects for amateur radio enthusiasts. The idea of this website or wiki is to give a (future) radio amateur an overview of all available open source projects. The aim is to promote the use of open source software and hardware in amateur radio. Depending on personal requirements, it is now possible to set up an amateur radio station whose main components are open source.


Get Ready for 2024 ARRL Field Day, June 22 – 23

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® is gearing up for the radio event of the summer: 2024 ARRL Field Day is June 22 – 23. The annual operating event is part contest, part emergency communications exercise, part public relations and outreach activity, and often a social highlight of the operating year.

Many ARRL Affiliated Clubs will be set up in visible locations to get together, get on the air, and to get the public involved in amateur radio. Find a location near you via the ARRL Field Day Site Locator. It’s ham radio’s open house!

The theme for 2024 ARRL Field Day is “Be Radio Active.” On-air activity has been especially strong thanks to the rising Solar Cycle 25, which is still yet to peak. The theme encourages hams to get out and get involved. There has never been a better time to be active in amateur radio!

Proclaiming Field Day!

Cities and states across the country have made special proclamations for Field Day. In Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, and other areas, the Governors have issued formal declarations honoring the community service provided by radio amateurs through programs like the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®). Share Field Day proclamations with ARRL at news@arrl.org.

Field Day PR Webinar

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is offering Field Day PR and outreach training webinar live on Zoom to interested public information volunteers. Learn how to engage your local media and local officials and get tips for effective social media strategy. The third and final live session is scheduled for Wednesday, June, 5, at 8 PM EDT (5 PM PDT). Registration is required and may be completed at this link.

How to Find a 2024 ARRL Field Day Site (or list yours)

ARRL’s Field Day locator — at www.arrl.org/field-day-locator — is an interactive tool to help you find a Field Day site near you, or to list your club’s Field Day location so that members of the public and the media may attend.

Populating your group’s information into the database is easy. ARRL Radiosport and Regulatory Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, says social media should also be used to let interested people know where you’re going to be. “Use social media before and during 2024 ARRL Field Day to help people find you. Let them know what your plans are, who is going to be there, and what they can expect if they visit,” he said.

Welcome Visitors

Making newcomers feel welcome and getting them involved is important. “Get them on the air! Show them how to make contacts with the GOTA (Get on the Air) station,” encouraged ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE. “People may not remember what you show and tell them, but they will always remember how you made them feel welcomed and involved by allowing them to participate. Your time in showing a newcomer what radio is all about is an investment in the future of ham radio.”

To encourage visitors to come to the event, Jahnke recommends contacting local dignitaries or served agency partners who frequently attend Field Day events.

For complete rules and promotional materials for 2024 ARRL Field Day, visit the Field Day landing page at www.arrl.org/field-day. We hope to hear your club on the air!

Read more – via American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources http://www.arrl.org/news/view/get-ready-for-2024-arrl-field-day-june-22-23


I have this CIA Sspy radio set consisting of a rx, tx, and a power supply which runs off a 6 volt battery...have the watertight covers. This is the transmitter which covers 3-22 mhz and notice the built in key....my question, where can I find the value of this set?

WEEKEND EDITION: I am going to look at a ham estate this morning, could be interersting...will take some pictures..

ARRL Systems Service Disruption

Updated 5/31/2024

Our phone system has been returned to service. ARRL may be reached at 1-860-594-0200 or 1-888-277-5289 (toll-free in the US), Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 7 PM Eastern Time, and until 5 PM on Fridays. Members can also email general inquiries to hq@arrl.org.

The ARRL International Digital Contest is this weekend, June 1 - 2, 2024, and the ARRL June VHF Contest is June 8 - 10, 2024. The ARRL Contest Portal will be available with limited functionality at contests.arrl.org. Log submission pages will continue to be available at contest-log-submission.arrl.org, and logs received can be viewed at contests.arrl.org/logsreceived.php. The log submission links are also available on the contest landing pages at www.arrl.org/arrl-digital-contest and www.arrl.org/june-vhf.

Members are reminded that the June 2024 issue of QST magazine, the special ARRL Field Day edition, can be viewed online. Members may also access digital editions of QST dating back to 2012. Access to archives for QST issues older than 2012, which are accessed through the ARRL website, is not presently available. For On the Air, QEX, and NCJ magazines, members may access the current issues and previous issues back to 2020. Visit www.arrl.org/arrl-magazines for links to all four magazines and to download the ARRL Magazines app.

Work is continuing to publish the July 2024 issue of QST magazine. We anticipate an on-time delivery of the digital edition, and delayed delivery for those who subscribe to the printed magazine.

We have heard from members asking if they can renew their membership at this time. Members can renew online at www.arrl.org/join or by phoning ARRL.

As reported earlier this week, ARRL Store orders (www.arrl.org/shop) have resumed shipping.

This story will be updated with new developments.

Updated 5/29/2024

This update includes information about the status of several services as we continue to respond to a serious incident involving access to our network and systems.

The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC) has resumed the processing of Amateur Radio License applications with the FCC. A more comprehensive update on the status of ARRL VEC services is available here.

There has been no interruption to visitor operating at W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station. The station resumed voice bulletins on Thursday, May 23. All other scheduled transmissions, including Morse code practice, and code and digital bulletins, will resume on Thursday, May 30. Please refer to the regular operating schedule at www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule.

After last week's distribution of the ARRL Letter, our e-newsletter service has resumed. Current editions of ARRL Club News and The ARES® Letter have also been distributed.

ARRL Store orders have resumed shipping. Orders are being fulfilled from earliest order dates to the latest. Please allow additional time for our processing.

There has been no disruption to the @arrl.net email forwarding service, though forwarding email addresses and aliases cannot be modified at this time.

Our telephone system is unavailable at this time.

We appreciate your patience as we continue working on restoring access to affected systems and services.


Amateur Radio Newsline Report


STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our top story is the deadly tropical cyclone that left parts of coastal India and Bangladesh devastated. In the middle of it all, hams were there, relaying messages nonstop, as we hear from John Williams VK4JJW.

JOHN: As tropical cyclone Remal battered India and Bangladesh, a team of 27 amateur radio operators from West Bengal worked around the clock to keep the lines of communications open in a region overtaken by lost power and flooding.

By Sunday night, the West Bengal Radio Club responded to requests by local authorities to set up at various strategic locations in and around the Sagar Islands in Sunderbans. Operators used two mobile vans and eight control rooms, communicating on VHF and UHF frequencies. According to updates the amateurs posted on their Facebook page, the van patrolled the coastal areas reporting back with updates to the control centers.

The deadly storm was estimated to have affected millions in the coastal region of the two nations and the death toll estimates varied - but continued to climb. Authorities rushed to have people evacuated as their homes collapsed around them.

At its peak, the storm achieved maximum speeds of between 110 and 120 km/h, with gusts of as much as 135 km/h. It was the region's first major cyclone of the year.

This is John Williams VK4JJW.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you think your shack needs an overhaul, imagine being a legendary pirate broadcaster in the UK. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us who's got renovation plans in the water on their side of the pond.

JEREMY: Radio Caroline has marked six decades of radio off the coast of England and is sailing ahead with its planned restoration of the Ross Revenge, the vessel moored in the Blackwater Estuary that the former pirate broadcaster calls home. The fishing trawler-turned-broadcast studio replaced the Mi Amigo, Radio Caroline's previous pirate ship, which sank in a storm in 1980. Radio Caroline first went on the air on the 28th of March 1964, when it was only able to operate from outside of British territorial waters. The support group that now runs the station was finally granted an AM broadcast licence from Ofcom in 2017 with a frequency previously used by the BBC.

A three-day anniversary celebration last March provided an open house to listeners and other fans who had come to celebrate its legacy. Organisers hope the anniversary festivities will provide an impetus for fundraising that can cover the cost of a needed overhaul of the Ross Revenge, which was built in 1960.

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A former engineer for Honeywell is suing the company over what he calls the military potential of an antenna design he developed while employed there. We have the details from Kent Peterson KCØDGY.

KENT: A Minnesota engineer who developed a composite material to increase antenna efficiency is suing his former employer, which had once widely praised his patented creation as a breakthrough.

The design by Christopher Fuller, KDØWMU, facilitates speedier charging of electric vehicles through the use of considerably smaller antennas. Christopher's antenna design delivers the needed power as electromagnetic energy - over long distances and without loss.
According to a report on the Star Tribune website, a Honeywell International executive hailed Fuller at the time as being [quote] "the inventor of the next multi-industry disruptor." [endquote]

Acknowledging that his antenna design also held the potential to power military weapons from a distance, Christopher asked the US State Department last year to scrutinize Honeywell's plan to market the technology to overseas commercial customers. According to the Star Tribune story, the engineer worried that Honeywell was potentially overstepping the federal restrictions on exporting US military technology and was minimizing the weapons potential aspect of the product.

Neither the state department nor the FBI responded to The Star Tribune's requests for comment. A statement from Honeywell dismissed Christopher's claims as baseless, adding that Honeywell International complies with US export rules and regulations.
Christopher quit his job at Honeywell earlier this year, citing intolerable work conditions that followed the inquiries he made to federal officials about the company's overseas plans for the antenna design. He is now suing Honeywell under the state's Whistleblower Act. That law was created to protect workers from suffering consequences of reporting employer conduct that they believe to be unlawful.

This is Kent Peterson KCØDGY.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you got on the air - or TRIED to get on the air - during the historic G5 solar storm a few weeks ago, you weren't the only one to notice the impact of all those coronal mass ejections. The FCC did too - and the agency wants you to share the details of your experience. Travis Lisk N3ILS tells you how.

TRAVIS: The HF frequencies experienced wide-ranging disturbances of a solar storm that peaked on the 11th of May and the Federal Communications Commission is hoping to take a second - and perhaps a third or fourth - look at the impact. The bureau is looking for comments about disruptions experienced in voice and data communications between the 7th and 11th of May that are believed to be a direct result of the storm.

Commenters should submit evidence in the form of electromagnetic spectrum analyses, imagery, or chronological logs along with a description of the impacts. It would also be helpful to include the make and model of the affected communications equipment - everything from transceivers, receivers, transmitters and switches to routers and amplifiers. The details of the report should also include frequencies affecte, the type of antenna and cable and any relevant observations, such as the duration of the disturbance.

File your comments no later than June 24th using the bureau's Electronic Comment Filing System, responding to PS Docket number 24-161. See the link in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org. Submissions will be read by the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.

This is Travis Lisk N3ILS.

[DO NOT READ: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs ]



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Congratulations to Carlos Alberto Santamaria, CO2JC, the IARU Region 2 emergency communications coordinator. The Meteorological Society of Cuba has presented him with the Carlos Manuel González Ramirez Award for his years of work overseeing radio response to hurricanes and earthquakes and coordinating emergency frequency use. The award is named for the popular late TV meteorologist who died last year.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The worldwide gathering of radio amateurs in Xenia, Ohio, was a record-setter, according to organizers of this year's Hamvention. General chairman Jim Storms, AB8YK reported on social media that the official attendance set a new high of 35,877 over the three days. That topped last year's attendance of 33,861, which was also a record-setter.

Jim credited the more than 700 volunteers who worked an average of six hours - sometimes more - to ensure that things went smoothly at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. Hamvention took place May 17th through May 19th.

The dates for Hamvention 2025 are May 16, 17 and 18.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: CW operators in New Zealand are warming up for Winter Straight Key Night. We have that story from Graham Kemp VK4BB.

GRAHAM: Hams are going back to the roots of CW operating with the help of the New Zealand Morse Code Telegraph Key Directory. On the second Sunday in June, they're dusting off their keys for Winter Straight Key Night taking place on 80 metres between 8 and 9 p.m. local time. The band is expected to light up with operators calling "SKN" or "CQ SKN." This event isn't about the number of contacts made - it places importance on the quality of the code being sent. The Best Fist Award will be given to the one operator who receives the most nominations from other operators participating in Straight Key Night. The award bears the name of well-known CW operator Bruce Scahill ZL1BWG, who became a Silent Key in December of 2022.

Neither logs nor summary sheets are necessary -- just a willingness to pay tribute to CW, as always.


STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There are three new inductees into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame and one of them is the amateur who had been at the helm of the magazine when he became a Silent Key in April. We have details -- and the names of the new Hall of Famers - from Jack Parker W8ISH.

JACK: CQ magazine's former publisher, Dick Ross, K2MGA, who recently became a Silent Key, has been inducted into three CQ Halls of Fame: the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, the DX Hall of Fame and the Contest Hall of Fame. Dick became a Silent Key in April at age 84 after a lifetime of providing the world's amateurs with relevant news and information through a variety of publications, most notably CQ magazine itself.

Dick is among three amateurs whose names were recently added to the roster of the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Joachim Kraft, DL8HCZ/CT1HZE and Tim Duffy, K3LR, have also become new inductees. Joachim has published the globally read English-language amateur radio magazine DUBUS, which is devoted to DXing on the 6m, 2m and higher bands. For decades, he has widely shared his special knowledge on propagation in the VHF/UHF and microwave bands. The magazine's name is a German acronym borrowed from the Berlin DUBUS group, which issued it as a newsletter.

Tim's induction follows his inclusion in the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 2006. The announcement said that his latest honor was given for [quote] "his lifetime achievements that far transcend his contesting accomplishments." [endquote] Tim's other awards include the RCA Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio service award which he received in 2010; the Hamvention Amateur of the Year, given to him in 2015; and the YASME Excellence award, which he received in 2016.

This is Jack Parker W8ISH.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A former Scout camp facility outside Joplin, Missouri that recently became a camping site for a variety of community groups has just undergone another transformation - this time, into a QTH for amateur radio. Randy Sly W4XJ tells us how.

RANDY: The 175 acres comprising Camp Childress has a pool, a climate-controlled dining hall, hiking trails, a trout pond and now, a ham shack. Formerly owned by the Ozark Trails Council of the Scouting organization, the nonprofit camp welcomes community groups, athletic groups, church groups and organizations for the disabled - and if any of them have radio amateurs among their ranks, they can enjoy some on-the-air time as well as the great outdoors. The Joplin Amateur Radio Club recently donated radio equipment and a tower to Camp Childress using club funds and a grant from the ARRL.

It took no time at all for the station to get camping hams into the spirit. Club president Rex Chambers, WAØUPB, told the Four States Homepage that the station's first day on the air added contacts with Florida, Montana and Portugal to the log book. In fact, Portugal was the first contact made - hopefully the first of many, many more. Good DX, Camp Childress.

This is Randy Sly W4XJ



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: What's almost as good as going back to YOTA camp? A reunion among former YOTA campers in Region 2 who have shared amateur radio adventures and recreational activities at the nonprofit camp for youth between the ages of 15 and 25. They will be joining former camp mates at the first YOTA camper reunion taking place in June. This time no travel plans or hotel reservations will be needed as this will be a virtual reunion, happening over Zoom. Campers are deciding between Saturday, June 8th; Sunday, June 9th; Saturday, June 15th or Sunday, June 16th via a virtual voting system. Meanwhile, this year's campers are getting ready for their own YOTA experience, which will take place in July in Halifax, Nova Scotia.



In the World of DX, listen for John, W5JON, operating as V47JA from St. Kitts, IOTA Number NA-104, until the 13th of June. He will operate SSB and FT8 on the HF bands and 6 metres. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

On the 31st of May through to the 2nd of June, listen for callsign GBØHUL, which is on the air to mark more than 100 years of amateur radio around the city of Hull. Operators are from the Hull & District Amateur Radio Society and members of the Humber Fortress Amateur Radio Club. Be listening on the HF bands for SSB, FT4 and FT8. See QRZ.com for more details.

Dave, WJ2O, is operating on Pitcairn Island, IOTA Number OC-044, using the callsign VP6DF, until the 10th of June. He is operating mainly CW on 40 through 10 metres. Listen for him also on 160 and 80 metres. QSL via N2ZN and LoTW.

Members of Ari Colli Albani, IQØHV, are on the air as IIØLOR [Eye Eye Zero El Oh R] until the 30th of June, marking the 80th anniversary of Rome's liberation during the Second World War. QSL via IØKNQ. Certificates will be available. See QRZ.com for details.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We end this week with a powerful idea that doesn't really require much power at all: QRP. IARU Region 3 has declared the 17th of June to be QRP Day, a day when hams are being encouraged to amplify their interest and activities in QRP. John Williams VK4JJW us about it.

JOHN: In September of 1997, those attending the 10th conference of IARU Region 3 in Beijing took to heart a suggestion that year from the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters. NZART argued convincingly in favour of promoting QRP operating more in magazine articles, contests and other activities -- and for setting aside one day a year to focus on low-power operating.

QRP Day was born. Once again this year, Yuki JH1NBN, secretary of IARU Region 3, has reminded amateur radio societies and their members that QRP Day draws closer. Not surprisingly, some New Zealand amateurs are already well into the spirit of the day. They have been participating in Go QRP Night on the last Saturday of each month during winter. So they are perhaps more QRV than most - but even first-timers are encouraged to turn down their power and see what kind of magic happens.

In a world of superstations and linear amplifiers, a little power can go a long way.

FRIDAY EDITION: No boat yet, still covered and ready to be cleaned up and waxed and the Aquasport will be ready to go on the mooring....I am going to look at and appraise a ham estate left in a house a gentleman bought. He basically will probably donate it to the club and we will give a non profit tax exempt club letter so he can write off the stuff...

Dead Hand Or Something Else? A Possible Explanation For Strange Numbers Station UVB-76

Imagine for a moment you’re a ham radio enthusiast, alone at night, idly working your way through the radio spectrum when you come across a broadcast on a disused shortwave channel, where usually there would be nothing but static.

The broadcast is a tune, or a buzz, or sometimes cartoon character Yosemite Sam saying “Varmint, I’m a-gonna b-b-b-bloooow ya ta’smithereenies” (yes, really) followed by a series of numbers read by a human or synthesized voice, on a bed of static for extra “I may never sleep again” vibes.

Read more – IFLScience: https://bit.ly/3X5VfcB

Get Ready for 2024 ARRL Field Day, June 22 - 23

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® is gearing up for the radio event of the summer: 2024 ARRL Field Day is June 22 – 23. The annual operating event is part contest, part emergency communications exercise, part public relations and outreach activity, and often a social highlight of the operating year. 

Many ARRL Affiliated Clubs will be set up in visible locations to get together, get on the air, and to get the public involved in amateur radio. Find a location near you via the ARRL Field Day Site Locator. It’s ham radio’s open house! 

The theme for 2024 ARRL Field Day is “Be Radio Active.” On-air activity has been especially strong thanks to the rising Solar Cycle 25, which is still yet to peak. The theme encourages hams to get out and get involved. There has never been a better time to be active in amateur radio! 

Proclaiming Field Day!

Cities and states across the country have made special proclamations for Field Day. In Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, and other areas, the Governors have issued formal declarations honoring the community service provided by radio amateurs through programs like the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®). Share Field Day proclamations with ARRL at news@arrl.org

Field Day PR Webinar

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is offering Field Day PR and outreach training webinar live on Zoom to interested public information volunteers. Learn how to engage your local media and local officials and get tips for effective social media strategy. The third and final live session is scheduled for Wednesday, June, 5, at 8 PM EDT (5 PM PDT). Registration is required and may be completed at this link.

How to Find a 2024 ARRL Field Day Site (or list yours)

ARRL’s Field Day locator -- at www.arrl.org/field-day-locator -- is an interactive tool to help you find a Field Day site near you, or to list your club’s Field Day location so that members of the public and the media may attend.

Populating your group’s information into the database is easy. ARRL Radiosport and Regulatory Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, says social media should also be used to let interested people know where you’re going to be. “Use social media before and during 2024 ARRL Field Day to help people find you. Let them know what your plans are, who is going to be there, and what they can expect if they visit,” he said.

Welcome Visitors

Making newcomers feel welcome and getting them involved is important. “Get them on the air! Show them how to make contacts with the GOTA (Get on the Air) station,” encouraged ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE. “People may not remember what you show and tell them, but they will always remember how you made them feel welcomed and involved by allowing them to participate. Your time in showing a newcomer what radio is all about is an investment in the future of ham radio.”

To encourage visitors to come to the event, Jahnke recommends contacting local dignitaries or served agency partners who frequently attend Field Day events.

For complete rules and promotional materials for 2024 ARRL Field Day, visit the Field Day landing page at www.arrl.org/field-day. We hope to hear your club on the air!


THURSDAY EDITION: Rainy day on the island, good day to play radio on 10-20 meters...Mr. Mike is stepping down as the leader of Near Fest, enjoy your retirement....

ARRL VEC Services Update During Systems Disruption

ARRL previously reported that we are responding to a serious incident involving access to our network and headquarters-based systems. Several services have been affected, including those administered by the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC).

Exam Registrations and Materials. ARRL Volunteer Examiners (VEs) should continue to submit exam registrations and material requests. While we are unable to post new or revised exam session dates and details to the website, we can ship out exam materials. Please remember that most exam materials are available on our website (www.arrl.org/resources-for-ves).

Processing Applications to the FCC. We have resumed the processing of Amateur Radio License applications with the FCC. This includes applications for new and upgrade licenses, individual applications, and club license applications. Exam sessions will be submitted to the FCC in chronological order, from earliest test dates to the latest. Please allow additional time for our processing as the exam session backlog is cleared.

International Radio Permit and License Class Certificates. We are currently unable to create International Amateur Radio Permits, License Class Certificates, and Volunteer Examiner (VE) badges, certificates, and stickers. New ARRL VE applications and renewals are unable to be processed at this time.

ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program | FCC Application Fee Reimbursement Information. ARRL is continuing to accept reimbursement forms to cover the one-time $35 application fee for new license candidates younger than 18-years of age for tests administered under the auspices of the ARRL VEC. Reimbursement checks may take longer than normal to be processed at this time.

ARRL VEC cannot be reached by telephone at this time. We appreciate your patience as ARRL continues to work on restoring access to affected systems and services.

We are continuing to address a serious incident involving access to our network and systems. Several services, such as Logbook of The World® and the ARRL Learning Center, are affected.

We have heard from many LoTW® users, asking about the status of the service and its data. This is not an LoTW server issue, and LoTW data is secure.

Our editorial and production team is preparing the July issue of QST magazine, which is still going to press. It may be delivered a few days late to members who receive print subscriptions. The digital edition should be published on time.

We appreciate your continued patience as our staff and others work tirelessly to restore affected systems.
This story will be updated with new developments.


WEDNESDAY EDITION: EBay this morning at the club to benefit the new repeater antenna, we have raised $7200 and need just another measly $1000. On eBay now we have a nice Idom IC 475H, an all mode 75 watt 440 transceiver with no reserve and a $50 starting point....We still have a Flex 1500 and a rack mount military TenTec receiver, stay tuned.....

Hamword -- The Second Year

Hamword is a Winlink-based game that mimics the popular five-letter word guessing game Wordle. It was started to give hams a way to practice their Winlink skills while having fun thinking about an unknown five-letter word. Hamword has just completed its second year of operation, and its impressive stats are shown below. This game has gained an international audience, with hams from at least 22 countries playing along.

Play the Game

You can join the fun by sending a five-letter word to the Winlink tactical callsign HAMWORD. You do not have to send messages using your radio connection. Winlink messages can be transferred over the Internet using the Telnet interface. For more information about the game, Winlink, and the Hamword Leaderboard are available at https://hambooks.org/hamword/.

Recent Updates

If you have been playing Hamword recently, you will have noticed some updates to the game. Or, start playing to see these new features.

  • Game timing has been adjusted to
  • Statistics are available on the leaderboard pages at https://hambooks.org/hamword/menu.
  • Charts of player activities have been added.
  • Individual scores
  • Streaks
  • Incompletes

Emergency Communications Practice

If you are an ARES leader or run some Winlink drills, feel free to add playing a Hamword game to your skills tasks. Ask your members to send a Winlink message to HAMWORD and play the game. It’s also a great way to test your digital emergency communication equipment without additional assistance.

Second Year Statistics

For those of you keeping score, in the first year, we have:

So, keep playing to improve or practice your Winlink skills. Spread the word, compete with your friends, and demonstrate how we can send and receive emails via radio using HAMWORD.

Graphic Performance Data

Graphs like the one shown here show how your games have been played. You can also check your friend’s progress and get averages for each section, state, or country.

Grid Leak Radio Draws the Waves

[Stephen McNamera] found a schematic for a grid leak radio online and decided to throw together a few tubes on a piece of wood and see how it worked. As you can see in the video below, it works well. The video is a bit light on details, but the web page he found the plans on also has quite a bit of explanation.

The name “grid leak detector” is due to the grid leak resistor between the grid and ground, in this case, a 2.7 megaohm resistor. The first tube does everything, including AM detection. The second tube is just an audio amplifier that drives the speaker. This demodulation method relies on the cathode to control grid conduction characteristics and was found in radios up to about the 1930s. The control grid performs the usual function but also acts as a diode with the cathode, providing demodulation. In a way, this is similar to a crystal radio but with an amplified tube diode instead of a crystal.

It looks like [Stephen] wound his own coil, and the variable capacitor looks suspiciously like it may have come from an old AM radio. The of the old screw terminal tube sockets on the wood board looks great. Breadboard indeed! What we didn’t see is where the 150 V plate voltage comes from. You hope there is a transformer somewhere and some filter capacitors. Or, perhaps he has a high-voltage supply on the bench.

While tubes are technologically passe, we still like them. Especially in old radios. Just take care around the high voltages, please.


TUESDAY EDITION: Nice weekend, family and friends, cookouts, and parades....

Amateur radio operators assist at Ocean to Bay Bike Tour

Demonstrating their commitment to public service, Sussex Amateur Radio Emergency Service operators played crucial roles April 27 in ensuring the safety and smooth operation of the annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour.

Organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the charitable event attracted more than 2,100 cyclists, offering rides ranging from 10 to 100 miles.

ARES, consisting of dedicated ham radio operators, provided vital communication support along the various routes of the bike tour. The operators’ efforts included relaying rider progress updates and offering assistance whenever necessary, contributing to the overall safety and coordination of the event.

For more information, go to sussexcountyares.org.


Time, time time is on my side . . .
Well, not really, but those of us who occasionally engage in FT8 or other digital mode know the importance of having our computer time to be precise. I used to use Dimension 4 for this but lately too many of the sources of correct time have been shut down.
These days I am running a service called Net Time. See link in comments if you want to use this free service. But first, check your time by clicking here - https://time.is/


MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: I never could figure why they say Happy Memorial Day if you knew the meaning of the holiday, to me a somber remembrance of those who died protecting the country and our freedoms....

For four decades, since the height of the Cold War, a mysterious radio signal has been broadcast out of Russia — baffling ham radio fans, scientists and spies alike.

Some speculate it's part of the Russian government's own secret SETI program or even actively communicating with a visiting alien species. 

Others believe it might be a 'Dead Hand' doomsday trigger, ready to launch nuclear weapons if Russia's leadership is knocked out of commission. 

But according to a professor of electronics and radio engineering, who has studied the signal, one thing is certain: 'It is almost certainly the Russian government that is using it,' he said.

And: 'If it is the Russian government, it wouldn't be for peaceful purposes.'

Professor David Stupples, who teaches electronic and radio engineering at the City University of London, personally believes that the enigmatic broadcast, nicknamed 'The Buzzer,' has likely been kept active as a fail-safe in case of nuclear war.

Broadcast at the 4625kHz shortwave radio frequency, the Buzzer has led some physicists to speculate that its signal is being used to monitor Earth's ionosphere.

But Professor Stupples — whose expertise is in orbital or otherwise space-based reconnaissance platforms, surveillance, and navigation systems — acknowledges that both incredible and mundane explanations are all still on the table.

'They may be just reserving the channel for air defense or some form of defense,' Stupples told Popular Mechanics this week.

'If they don't actually use it, someone will poach it,' according to Stupples. 'They are keeping the channel available by broadcasting and saying, "this is ours."'

Amateur ham radio interest and unclassified scientific interest in 'The Buzzer,' officially known by its original call sign 'UVB-76,' first spiked in 1982.

Back then, the station was known to broadcast only a coded and baffling series of beeps, but by 1992 the broadcasts got stranger: a series of buzzing noises, 25 times every minute, for less than a second each, and occasionally an ominous foghorn.

During the nineties, UVB-76's buzzing would also become sporadically interrupted by anonymous male and female voices, who would read lists of seemingly random names, words, or numbers. 

The tones of the noises the station broadcast would vary as well, potentially with secret information packed inside those tonal shifts.

This diversity of odd broadcasts is what caught Professor Stupples's and other researchers' attention, because that variety is out of character for a simple 'emergency placeholder' signal.

According to the surveillance engineering expert, a government or military institution that simply wants to keep control of a certain radio frequency will typically just broadcast a single basic test pattern, over and over again.

Not only does the UVB-76 'Buzzer' broadcast more complex and confusing signals instead — it does so powerfully, with over many thousands of watts of energy transferred, based on Professor Stupples's measurements, and in all directions.

'I have put it through my signal spectrum analyzers,' Stupples said, 'and I can't pick any intelligence out at all.'

Freelance radio monitor Ary Boender from Holland, who runs the website Numbers Oddities, has heard and entertained many theories about the signal over the years

'Some say that it is an old Soviet Dead Man's Switch that triggers a nuclear attack on the west when it stops buzzing,' she explained.

'Others say that it is a homing beacon for UFOs,' Boender continued, 'or a mind control device with which the Russians can program your mind.'  

'In the past it was said that it was a remote control station belonging to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,' she recalls.

Jochen Schäfer, who served for many years as head of a citizen's group in Germany that spied on professional spies, once maintained that the Buzzer is a numbers station: a radio broadcast that allows agents in the field to transmit coded messages.

'It's no typical numbers station, but it is one,' Schäfer insisted to Wired in 2011.

To this day, according to Stupples, all these theories, even the most outlandish ones, could still prove to be true. 

'It is always entertaining, isn't it?' Stupples told Popular Mechanics. 'And you never know, one of those crank views may be right, and then we all eat humble pie.'

But the mystery of UVB-76 got deeper in 2010, when it disappeared from its first broadcasting location, which had been tracked down to a Russian army base near the town of Povarovo, 19 miles outside Moscow. 

he signal ceased broadcasting for a roughly 24 hours.

When it returned, odd pauses began appearing in the broadcast, and on August 25, 2010 amateur listeners eavesdropping on the station heard something they described as people shuffling around a room. 

Some of these odd new transmissions resembled Morse code. 

Then, one day, the station started blaring out snippets of composer Tchaikovsky's ballet 'Swan Lake,' and the call sign changed from 'UVB-76' to 'MDZhB,' spoken by a mystery figure saying 'Mikhail Dumitri Zhengya Boris.'

The station also once broadcast a time signal, with a one-minute long two-tune buzzer sounding at the top of every hour. This was disabled in June 2010, and no time signal has taken its place.

Interestingly, codes have also been repeated over months or years, for reasons unknown. On 26 January 2011 the operator read out 'ILOTICIN 36 19 69 46.' This was repeated almost four months later, on 11 May 2011.

The signal ceased broadcasting for a roughly 24 hours.

When it returned, odd pauses began appearing in the broadcast, and on August 25, 2010 amateur listeners eavesdropping on the station heard something they described as people shuffling around a room. 

Some of these odd new transmissions resembled Morse code. 

Then, one day, the station started blaring out snippets of composer Tchaikovsky's ballet 'Swan Lake,' and the call sign changed from 'UVB-76' to 'MDZhB,' spoken by a mystery figure saying 'Mikhail Dumitri Zhengya Boris.'

The station also once broadcast a time signal, with a one-minute long two-tune buzzer sounding at the top of every hour. This was disabled in June 2010, and no time signal has taken its place.

Interestingly, codes have also been repeated over months or years, for reasons unknown. On 26 January 2011 the operator read out 'ILOTICIN 36 19 69 46.' This was repeated almost four months later, on 11 May 2011.

Ham radio operators put the USS Montrose on the air

Amateur radio operators from the Montrose Amateur Radio Club are participating in the 2024 Museum Ships Weekend by operating radio station N0P commemorating the service of the ship USS Montrose on June 1 and 2.

This annual worldwide event is sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station and historically draws participation from over one hundred museum ships and ship memorials around the world.

The USS Montrose is honored with a memorial consisting of the ship’s bell and an interpretive sign located in the park at the corner of Townsend Avenue and Main Street, in Montrose. Rules for the event specify that stations celebrating a ship memorial must be within site or the memorial. Accordingly, the station will be located in the Auto Zone parking lot across the street from the memorial. The call sign N0P is to be used to simulate the ship’s original call sign of NPPP.

This event encourages radio operators to contact as many museum ships or ship memorial as possible, learn the history of the ships contacted, and commemorate both the ships and those who served upon them.

The public is invited to visit the USS Montrose station during the day on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2. Operations typically end mid-afternoon on Sunday. Please come visit us and learn about the USS Montrose and its history of service during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

For additional information contact Lew French K0LMF at 970-417-6142, visit montrosehamradio.org., or visit the Montrose Amateur Radio Club on Facebook.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report


NEIL/ANCHOR: As Newsline went to production, users of the ARRL's Logbook of the World® and the ARRL Learning Center were struggling with a service disruption following what the league described as [quote] "a serious incident involving access to our network and headquarters-based systems." The ARRL posted on its website a reassurance that its member database contains only details that are available from public records, such as name, address and callsigns, adding that no credit-card information or other sensitive information is stored. The ARRL did not address requests from Newsline and other media for clarification of the cause of the security breach, adding only that it was giving highest priority to having industry experts resolve the issue.



NEIL/ANCHOR: In what may shape up as a first test of a new FCC rule about direct-to-cellular satellite services, a service provider is charging Starlink satellites with creating interference on the S-band. Kent Peterson KCØDGY has those details.

KENT: Omnispace, which has plans for building a global mobile network through a satellite constellation, has criticized Starlink satellites' own direct-to-device network for creating what a top executive calls a noise floor that renders their own customers' services useless.

According to a report on the Space.com website, SpaceX had previously written to Omnispace and the FCC about coordinating the frequencies of their respective systems -- but that exchange has not yet taken place. SpaceX's David Goldman asked Omnispace's Mindel De La Torre in early May to provide empirical evidence of the claimed interference. Goldman also questioned whether Omnispace may not be coordinating frequencies as required by the International Telecommunication Union or the FCC because it is a licensee based out of Papua, New Guinea.

Omnispace operates several low- and medium-Earth orbit satellites experimentally but intends to build a 600-satellite constellation. The company has previously been critical of SpaceX, most recently of its partnership with the US division of the cellular network, T-Mobile.

In March, the Federal Communications Commission adopted regulations covering so-called Supplemental Coverage from Space, under which direct-to-device satellite services are considered secondary to primary frequency allocations on the 2 GHz band.

This is Kent Peterson KCØDGY.



NEIL/ANCHOR: A new law is about to make California the newest US state giving consumers better access to repairing electronics they purchase in that state. Ralph Squillace KK6ITB brings us that story.

RALPH: A law that takes effect on July 1st in California will require the makers of consumer electronics to offer purchasers of those products - along with service dealers and repair facilities - a means to repair them by providing guides, parts and tools for a period between 3 to 7 years after the manufacturing date, depending on the item's original wholesale price. The new Right to Repair Law brings California in line with a growing push in other states for similar legislation. According to the website of the Reinhart legal firm, 30 other states have introduced similar legislation. Two other states - New York and Minnesota - have similar consumer electronics laws already in effect. A right-to-repair law in Colorado covers agricultural equipment.

The new California law will apply to all electronics sold there as far back as July 2021. The law excludes video game consoles and alarm systems, neither of which is considered an "electronic or appliance product."

According to the website of the Sidley Austin law group, similar measures are in the works in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Washington.

The bill was introduced last year by state Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman as a means of reducing electronic waste and improving California residents' opportunities to repair, or have repaired, broken products.

This is Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.



NEIL/ANCHOR: In the United States, the timekeeping radio station WWVB is providing its essential information on reduced power following storm damage to one of its antennas. Travis Lisk, N3ILS, gives us an update.

TRAVIS: Wind damage to half of its phased-array antenna has left radio station WWVB operating at reduced power outside Fort Collins, Colorado. The winds that struck the south antenna in early April were estimated to be higher than 90 miles per hour. The National Institute of Standards and Technology operates the timekeeping site. People throughout North America rely on WWVB's broadcasts to synchronize their watches, clock radios and other consumer electronics. It is also used for accurate time synchronization and for timekeeping applications in appliances, cameras and irrigation controllers.
Since the wind damage occurred, the station has broadcast using its north antenna only and on reduced power. The NIST explained the change in an announcement recorded on the 11th of May and posted on YouTube. There is also a notice on the NIST website.

This is Travis Lisk N3ILS.



NEIL/ANCHOR: A well-respected and much-loved YL, active in contesting and DXing, and an advocate for international friendship, has become a Silent Key in the Philippines. We hear more about her life from John Williams VK4JJW.

JOHN: Threeza Cruz Aniceto, DW3TRZ, was an award-winning contester, a mentor to many and a special friend to YLs with whom she shared her talents in needlework, taking time to craft ham radio-related gifts and cross-stitched QSLs for hams around the world. Threeza maintained an active YouTube channel, called "Mabuhay [ma-BOO-hay] DXStitch Amateur Radio," which she established to promote worldwide friendship through ham radio.

Threeza died on May 18 of pancreatic cancer according to the Philippine Amateur Radio Association and her friend Anne Dirkman, KC9YL, who supported Threeza in joining the US-based Young Ladies Radio League as a DX member. Newsline listeners got to hear about Threeza's talents in an interview on Amateur Radio Newsline in 2018 and readers of the ARRL's QST magazine got to know her better in a January 2020 Member Spotlight feature article.

In the Philippines, "Mabuhay" is a wish for a good life. Threeza Cruz Aniceto, who said that word often to friends, surely had one herself. She was 4


NEIL/ANCHOR: A leader and a mentor among CW operators in Ireland has become a Silent Key. We hear more about him from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: The name and callsign of Leo McHugh, EI8BR, was well-known among CW operators in Ireland and was a frequent entry in the logs of CW operators around the world. Leo, who died last month, shared his love of the code with anyone who asked. He is credited as the organiser and promoter of CW training sessions offered at the South Dublin Radio Club, where he had been a member for many years. Daniel Cussen, EI9FHB, told Newsline in an email that Leo was [quote] "a hard but fair taskmaster in CW training and his patience was often sorely tested by his students. His favourite expression of 'Do it right, lads,' was often repeated in these classes." [endquote] Over the years, his instruction helped many club members get their Class A licence for CW. The Irish Radio Transmitters Society awarded him the prestigious Collins Cup in 2020 for his training programme. A civil engineer and a self-taught trumpet player, Leo had a CW fist that many envied for its speed and skill, even for a radio operator in his 90s.

Leo was also a contributor to the Irish Radio Transmitters Society news publication, Echo Ireland and would often read the weekly IRTS broadcast news.



NEIL/ANCHOR: May 31st is the deadline for nominations to be in for this year's Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year award. Let Newsline know of any promising young amateurs who are deserving of this honor. Candidates must live in the continental United States and be 18 years of age or younger. Tell our judges about your nominee's talent, promise and commitment to community and the spirit of ham radio. This is your chance to help honor and acknowledge that person who will, no doubt, go on to teach and inspire others. Find the nomination form on our website arnewsline.org under the "AWARDS" tab. Remember that we cannot accept any nominations after May 31st.


NEIL/ANCHOR: The recipients of this year's Amateur Radio Software Award have been announced and we learn who they are from Sel Embee KB3TZD.

SEL: The fifth annual Amateur Radio Software Award has been awarded to the hams behind two innovative open-source software projects: OpenWebRX and OpenWebRX+ [OpenWebRX Plus]

The projects and their developers are being honored with the international award for providing innovative, free and open software that enhances amateur radio.

The leader of the OpenWebRX project is Jakob Ketterl DD5JFK. OpenWebRX can be operated from any web browser on a computer with network access and has no need for additional client software. The SDR receiver was designed with a simple interface to make it easy for inexperienced people to experience HF reception.

The leader of the OpenWebRX+ project is Marat Fayzullin, KC1TXE. OpenWebRX+ is Linux software that contains various decoders to be used with OpenWebRx, providing access to SSTV, AIS, CW and RTTY. It is considered a fork of the OpenWebRX project, which means it uses the source code of the original project to expand upon it.

This is Sel Embee KB3TZD.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Plans are moving forward for radio orienteering championships later this year, as we hear from Dave Parks WB8ODF.

DAVE: Organizers of this year's USA Radio Orienteering Championships have announced that they have been approved for a permit to hold the 2-metre Classic at the Eddy Discovery Center at the Waterloo Recreation Area in Michigan. The race will be among several challenges taking place at a variety of venues during the week-long event, which includes practice sessions and training camps as well as cultural and dinner outings. The championships are being held between the 5th and 13th of October. The USA championships are being held in combination with the IARU Region 2 biennial ARDF championships.

The USA event's competition age categories range from 10 and younger to older radio operators 80 and above. The championships are being organized by the Southern Michigan Orienteering club and a number of ham radio clubs throughout the southeastern part of the state.

This is Dave Parks WB8ODF.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Organizers of a special event marking this year's World Cup Cricket tournament are inviting hams to get on the air while the games are going on. Sel Embee KB3TZD tells us how to do that.

SEL: You don't have to know how to play cricket to be part of this tournament: The World Cup Cricket Tournament Special Event Station needs operators who live in the countries and states where the competition will take place starting on the 2nd of June. The station will be on the air until the 29th of June. Amateurs from the US and the Caribbean are being invited to get involved by getting on the air. The teams will play at stadiums in three US venues and six in the Caribbean, for a total of 55 matches.

One of the stadiums is a new one in New York where amateurs in that region, members of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, are organizing the special event using the callsign W2C. Hams will operate on all HF bands using all modes.

To become an activator, contact Lou NO2C (En Oh Two See) at the email address in the text version of this week's Newsline script:


NEIL/ANCHOR: Young amateurs will be getting a unique opportunity to experience a DXpedition without ever leaving home. Kevin Trotman N5PRE has the details.

KEVIN: Young amateurs will be operating radios in the Pacific remotely this November, joining the 3D2Z (Three D Two Zed) Rotuma Dxpedition as remote operators. The Pacific Islands DXpedition Group has partnered with Youth on the Air Americas to give young activators a taste of the challenge. Coordination and scheduling of the remote operation by the YOTA team will be done by Kees [Case], WØAAE, a freshman aerospace engineering major at Iowa State University and the 2023 recipient of the Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award. He is an active member of RHR, Remote Ham Radio. YOTA Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, said the partnership presented a great opportunity for the young operators to be on the receiving end of a DXpedition pileup.

Rotuma remote stations will be established for the YOTA team using two radios-in-a-box provided by DXpedition organizer Gregg, W6IZT. Gregg said he hoped that at least three-quarters of the DXpedition's remote contacts will be made by the YOTA operators. The six-member DXpedition team itself will be operating from the island. The DXpedition is scheduled for November 15th through to December 4th.

This is Kevin Trotman N5PRE.



In the World of DX, the Rushyhill Radio Society, MNØUGP, will be commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, which took place on June 6th, 1944. Operators will be using the callsign GB8DDY between the 1st and 28th of June. There will be no QSL cards but certificates will be available. See QRZ.com for details.

A team of operators using the callsign 4X2DS will be active from the shores of the Dead Sea between the 30th of May and the 3rd of June. The shoreline is 440 metres below sea level, making it the planet's lowest land-based elevation. For QSL details see QRZ.com. A certificate will be available.

Listen between the 31st of May and the 2nd of June for members of the Kuala Lumpur DX Team. They will be on Kapas Island, IOTA Number AS-Ø73, in West Malaysia, using the callsign 9 M4 IOTA. They will be using CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-10 metres. See QRZ.com for details.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams who need to send email using only radio frequencies understand the power of Winlink, especially when the messages they send and receive contain vital information during an earthquake, hurricane or some other emergency. Now Winlink is showing its more playful side -- and Andy Morrison K9AWM tells us it's fun with a purpose.

ANDY: If you're a fan of Wordle, a web-based guessing game involving five-letter words, you're in luck. In fact, if you're an amateur radio operator who's also a fan of Winlink, you're in even more luck. Meet Hamword, a game that allows amateurs to keep their Winlink skills sharp while engaging in a Wordle-style game. Now in its second year, Hamword has won fans in at least 22 countries and more than 5,700 individual games have been played, according to recent statistics provided in a QRZ.com forum by Mark Kleine N5HZR, Hamword's developer. There's room for more to get in the game, however: he said players in only 41 of the 50 states have become involved so far.

Since it's only a game, you don't have to be near your rig to play. You can use the Telnet interface over the web to send a five-letter word to the Winlink tactical callsign HAMWORD. That's HAMWORD, one word. You still need a ham license and a functioning Winlink account though.

Mark said that he has great hopes more hams will get in the game, which had the simple purpose at the outset of helping people with their Winlink proficiency. His feeling about the support that Hamword has gained can best be described by a five-letter word: GREAT.

FRIDAY EDITION: Oops, I missed yesterday. I was knee deep in grass and yard work. I need to take the carb off the rototiller and blow that out, its been sitting for two years with old gas in it, I know better....ARRL still recovering after being hacked, it effected the VE license program- lot's new hams waiting for license from FCC but it is in limbo...Historybook: Samuel Morse sends first commercial telegraph message (May 24, 1844)

You-do-it Electronics Center, which has been selling electronic components and equipment for 75 years, announced today it's closing its doors.

In e-mail to customers today, the store, now located in Needham right off Rte. 128, did not give a specific final day:

As we prepare for this transition, we encourage you to come say goodbye and take advantage as we sell off our existing inventory and place special orders for popular products. Additionally, we will be selling office furniture and industrial shelving at deep discounts.

You-do-it started in Boston - quickly becoming one of the largest distributors of vacuum tubes in the state - but moved to larger quarters in Needham in 1964.

WARSAW, Indiana — Three local Hoosier Lake Radio Club members will be assisting with radio traffic at the Indianapolis 500 Parade Saturday, May 25.

According to Bryon Wells, a member of the club who will be going to the parade, the members will volunteer as part of the Amateur Emergency Radio Services Corps, who assist with public and emergency communications.

For Wells, it’s not the first time he’s gone to Indianapolis for volunteer. Two weeks ago, Wells volunteered at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. When a runner fell during the marathon and harmed their shoulder, radio operators called in the accident and an emergency vehicle transported them to a hospital.

“We don’t make the determination to send (people) to the hospital,” Wells clarified. “We’re just there to communicate from our point to the (main control).”

Members of the Amateur Emergency Radio Service were also in Indianapolis during the solar eclipse. Wells said 11 local Indianapolis phone towers went down because they were overwhelmed with traffic, which the Indiana Emergency Management Agency planned for, based on a solar eclipse in South Carolina.

Wells said radios aren’t affected by the same outages as phone towers. So if phone communications go down, “we have our radios ready to help,” he said. Wells is the incoming emergency coordinator for Kosciusko County’s Amateur Emergency Radio Service.

Wells said members of the Hoosier Lake Radio Club volunteer as part of the club’s community outreach and to practice their skills. Each member who volunteers is a licensed radio operator. The Hoosier Lake Radio Club helps people to take the test and if they pass to obtain their license.

Wells added that the club also volunteers at local events, including the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade, Claypool Festival 5K and the St. Paddy’s Day 5K “Shamrock Shimmy.”

Wells said the club is currently in discussions with the Kosciusko County Fair to volunteer. He credited Greg Shafer, another club member and Kosciusko County’s Emergency Management Agency auxiliary communications officer, for doing outreach and making connections.

Part of the job of the radio operators is to maintain contact for first responders, such as paramedics at parades, and to look out for participants and spectators. When an emergency happens, Wells said their job is to relay information based on decisions medics make.

Another role is to keep an eye out for potentially dangerous behavior. Wells recalled when he worked at a past Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade, a person was driving their golf cart through the parade, which he called in.

“It’s one of those things where you’re there if you’re needed, but you hope you’re not,” Wells said. “You want to be prepared for everything and anything. And having licensed, ham operators that can be on the radio just helps.”

Wells shared that the Hoosier Lake Radio Club will attend the upcoming Silver Lake Days, June 7 and 8. Members of the public can see their radios and learn radio operations and the club.

On Aug. 23 and 24, the club will participate in a Summer Field Day at the Warsaw Telegraph Office, to make contact with radio operators around the U.S. and continent.

In the age of satellites, cell towers and web servers, CMU offers amateur radio course

Carnegie Mellon University first offered the Introduction to Amateur Radio course to aspiring student radio operators in spring 2022. Students learn not only the technical skills necessary for basic construction and use of amateur radio, or ham radio, but also the history and culture, dating back to the early 20th century, when the U.S. Radio Act of 1912 guaranteed the use of the electromagnetic spectrum to the public.

“I think it's one of the very unique things about ham radio: It's a people thing,” said former course student and Carnegie Tech Radio Club president Anish Singhani. “At its core, it's about the people.”

Amateur radio in the advanced technological age

In the 21st century — years past the advent of smartphones and the internet — ham radio may seem like an obsolete form of communication, but assistant teaching professor Tom Zajdel explained that amateur radio is still evolving and improving. While new technologies have asserted themselves in the sphere of wireless communication, Zajdel believes amateur radio is around for the long haul.

“Ham radio’s death has been predicted many times, but it changed a lot and evolved,” Zajdel said. “[It] used to just be Morse code, like that was your only option. Then, vacuum tubes were a thing, so you could modulate your voice … The technology keeps changing.”

“Now you can do digital communication modes using encoding schemes and compression schemes that were unheard of 20 years ago,” Singhani said.

The technological developments in amateur radio aren’t the only thing keeping it alive. Behind the science of soldering an FM transmitter and bouncing radio waves off the atmosphere lies a technical art that never gets old to the operators.

“Amateurs like building their own equipment, and there's just a lot of pride in kind of making your own thing — can I make the antenna super-small, super-lightweight, really efficient?” Zajdel posed. “It's just really neat to see the art coming in that way.”

The amateur radio course gives CMU students the chance to connect with operators across Pittsburgh on the air; Singhani says it also strengthens personal connections across the CMU community.

“One of my favorite parts of being the president of this club has been collaborating with all of these other groups on campus that we provide radio communications for,” Singhani said. “I've worked with all of these different groups that do all these different things, but in some way or another, I've been able to help them out with [their] radio services.”

100 years of Buggy race communications

Zajdel offers extra credit to students who make use of their radio education outside of the course curriculum, such as with CMU’s Carnegie Tech Radio Club. The club, which operates out of the tower atop Hamerschlag Hall, has been operating for 110 years. Members are encouraged to explore whatever aspect of ham radio they find most compelling.

“We have people that are very interested in the contacting and contesting side, where we try to put up an antenna into a tree,” said Singhani, “and then we have some people that are more interested in the engineering side. So we have a couple of more electronics-focused projects going on.”

Every year, CMU holds the student-led relay race Buggy, where drivers steer compact, engineless vehicles around Flagstaff Hill. In the background, handling radio communications for the event for more than 100 years, are the ham operators of Carnegie Tech Radio Club.

“Historically, when [Buggy] got started, radios were a lot less efficient, and it was also the only way to communicate over this kind of a course,” Singhani said. “Nowadays, it's more that the Radio Club has this institutional experience with, ‘How do you run an efficient net’ and, ‘How do you convey information across the radio as quickly as possible?’”

The club fosters a community of ham operators whose passion for the radio keeps them around, even after graduation.

“Alumni come back for [Buggy] to participate in and help do the communications for that event,” Zajdel said. “People who were in the club when they were at CMU as students, they come back. And they come back for years and years and years, especially if they're still in the area.”

ARRL Systems Service Disruption

Updated 5/22/2024

We are continuing to address a serious incident involving access to our network and systems. Several services, such as Logbook of The World® and the ARRL Learning Center, are affected.

We have heard from many LoTW® users, asking about the status of the service and its data. This is not an LoTW server issue, and LoTW data is secure.

Our editorial and production team is preparing the July issue of QST magazine, which is still going to press. It may be delivered a few days late to members who receive print subscriptions. The digitial edition should be published on time.

We appreciate your continued patience as our staff and others work tirelessly to restore affected systems.

WEDNESDAY EDITION: 145.130 in Gloucester fully functional after 3 months and $8000. We are located at the top of the tower. I heard check-ins from Salem, NH and Wells, Maine as well as all over the north shore in MA yesterday. We are going over this morning to loosen up the squelch on the Kenwood 850 repeater but have to bring the computer and programming cable to do it.


We added the top brace to stop the antenna from swaying in the winter winds which regularly peak 80+ mph in the winter months..

TUESDAY EDITION: We spent 12 hours at the cell tower yesterday and finally installed the new hardline and antenna for 145.130. The height turned out to be 165 feet, we went up ten feet and coverage should be great. We are running a Kenwood repeater and Henry amplfier at 100 watts and 91 watts out of the duplexer.....Radio antenna basics video...

The last solar storm was so severe that it sank to the ocean floor

Canada’s deep sea instruments detected major disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field.

The beginning of May was a highly stormy period for our Sun.

A powerful solar storm lit up skies worldwide with mesmerizing and intense aurora displays. Surprisingly, its impacts were felt far beyond our planet’s atmosphere, even at the bottom of the ocean.

Ocean Networks Canada’s instruments based deep beneath the ocean’s surface detected major disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field.

These instruments, which function as underwater observatories, are located as deep as 1.6 miles (2.7 kilometers) below the ocean’s surface. These mainly serve as magnetic compasses to monitor the ocean off the coast of Canada.

ONC’s undersea observatories were able to record the impacts of the intense solar storm that influenced Earth in May. The data indicated “temporary distortions” in Earth’s magnetic field, showing how far-reaching these solar events can be.

“The reach of these data recordings kilometers under the ocean surface highlight[s] the magnitude of the solar flare over the past weekend and suggest[s] that the data may be useful for better understanding the geographic extent and intensity of these storms,” said Kate Moran, ONC president, and CEO.

Data anomaly

Solar storms or geomagnetic storms occur when our host star emits massive bursts of energy in the form of solar flares and coronal mass ejections. The rapid stream of particles interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere, resulting in auroras. 

Apart from auroras, these storms may disrupt satellite communications and potentially impact power grids and navigation systems.

The underwater observatories are located on Canada’s west and east coasts. Compasses at a depth of 25 meters revealed movements ranging from +30 to -30 degrees, confirming the solar storm’s tremendous influence even at such remote depths.

Compass data captured by ONC’s major cabled subsea observatories VENUS and NEPTUNE off Vancouver Island, at Burrard Inlet on the Pacific Coast, and at Conception Bay on the Atlantic coast shows the magnetic field distortion occurring during a solar storm from May 10-12 (UTC), 2024. ONC

Detection of solar storm

The ONC researchers noticed anomalies in the data during routine quality control checks. Initially, they were considered to be caused by an earthquake. 

 “I looked into whether it was potentially an earthquake, but that didn’t make a lot of sense because the changes in the data were lasting for too long and concurrently at different locations,” said Alex Slonimer, a scientific data specialist at ONC. 

“Then, I looked into whether it was a solar flare as the sun has been active recently,” added Slonimer.  

Indeed, the data variation was linked to magnetic disruptions caused by solar storms. The scientists discovered that the peak deviations in the compass needles coincided with the most active and colorful auroras.

“The next two years will be the peak of the 11-year solar cycle. After a decade of relative inactivity, aurora events like this past weekend are likely to become more frequent over the next couple of years, although solar variability makes precise prediction of such events impossible,” said Justin Albert, professor of physics at the University of Victoria, which leads ONC initiative.

“ONC’s network might provide a very helpful additional window into the effects of solar activity on the Earth’s terrestrial magnetism,” Albert concluded in the press release.

The data collected by these underwater observatories may provide crucial insights into how intense solar atoms impact the surface of the Earth. However, it is unclear if these disruptions influenced marine life. Perhaps these revelations may open a new research topic. 


We have not heard from TenTec in years and this is what they come out with at Dayton...WTF

MONDAY EDITION: TenTec announces a new antenna, a dipole with adjustable length legs with lead weights pulling it down, you have to be shitting me. It looks like a high school project gone wrong....Picture this thing working in New England in the ice and snow. TenTec also announced the new Omni 8, in the $2000 range coming this fall (yea right).  They never completed and produced the last radio they announced at Dayton a few years ago...Maybe this whole thing was an April Fools joke late!

For you fight fans, the 6'9" Tyson Fury fight was a beauty the other nght, he lost by split decision but clearly got his ass whipped by the tough smaller Ukranian Usyk. Looking forward to the Mike Tyson spectacle this summer, I always have been a big boxing fan.

what could go wrong....


XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) — One of the world’s largest amateur radio conventions returned to the Miami Valley this weekend.

“Hamvention” 2024 took place this weekend on May 17-19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. The event includes a wide array of award-winning guest speakers and experts discussing all things amateur radio.

“In years past, sometimes we’ve had inclement weather, but people just roll with it,” Kalter said. “We’re very excited that people didn’t get deterred by that at all. It’s amazing, today, yesterday’s turnout. It was tremendous.”

Thousands of people attend the event from across the nation and across the world. Kalter says he’s met people from India, China and more this weekend.

“Hamvention is a very interesting event, it brings people from all over the world. We all talk to each other, we meet on the radio and we get to become friends who will meet here,” Kalter said.

WEEKEND EDITION: Nothing new here....enjoy the rainy weekend and play a little radio

2024 ARRL National Convention Kicks off at Dayton Hamvention

By: Sam Shaner, KE1SAM

A massive turnout of hams of all ages are flocking to numerous attractions at the 2024 ARRL National Convention, hosted at Dayton Hamvention®. Local scattered showers don’t seem to be raining on this parade; outside Tesla Building 2, seemingly miles-long lines of attendees wait for their orders of pork tenderloin sandwiches, hand-sliced gyros, burgers, and corn dogs. Inside, there is little elbow room to be had at the ARRL exhibit area.

One popular corner is the display of several ARRL publications, some of which are hot off the press. Attendees take turns thumbing through the 19th edition of Hints and Kinks, The POTA Book, and ARRL’s Tech-through-Amateur Extra license manuals. Meanwhile, merch like sweatshirts, mugs, and pins are flying off the shelves.

Back-to-back forums in Forum Room 3 are bustling with activity as well. ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, gathers a sizable crowd to hear his presentation on the partnerships between Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) groups, Auxiliary Communications (AuxComm) groups, SAFECOM®, and CISA, in addition to the continued positive relations with served agencies at state, regional, and federal levels. Forum Room 3 had fewer and fewer empty seats as the day progressed, as Johnston’s talk was followed by ARRL National Instructor Gordon West, WB6NOA’s, engaging overview of instructor technique – how best to teach prospective hams in an accessible and fun way. Gordo’s forum was a sensible segue into ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame’s, K5ATA, deep dive into the many ways amateur radio science is not only making its way into schools but leading to unprecedented youth licensing.

As the afternoon rolled in, skies cleared and many more gathered at the event. Finishing touches are being placed on the ARRL Youth Rally, scheduled for Saturday. Dozens of young people are expected to participate.

36th Annual Hermon Hamfest - June 1st 7 AM

Hermon High School, 2415 US-2, Hermon, ME 04401
Rain or Shine!!! 7:00 AM for tailgaters & 8:00 AM for all others
Admission is $5.00 (12 & under FREE) -- Exam fee is $15.00. Just coming for the
Exam? No admission needed unless you plan to stay before or after testing.
Planned Events:
- License testing: all classes at 10:00 AM ***No Walk-Ins for ham testing***
Register at hamstudy.org
Email Pete Bither -AI1O to pre-register
- Great Food--
- 50/50 raffle--
- Door prizes --
- Tailgaters --
- QCWA meeting after Hamfest at a local restaurant -- (1:00 PM)
- Antenna launcher competition --
Talk-in is on 146.940 -0.600 offset and a 136.5 tone.
Contact Jerry - K1GUP if you have any questions.


Jeff Hanscom KA1DBE, president of the Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association
and Assistant Section Manager, is organizing a state-wide POTA activation for
Maine. The selected date is Saturday, May 18, 2024.
Clubs and individual hams are asked to activate a state or federal park on that
date. This will be widely promoted to give POTA fans far and wide a heads up to
work Maine parks on that day. What a fun event this can be for yourself and
club members. ARES teams and other groups are also encouraged to join in the
fun. There are 32 state parks, 4 national parks, and a multitude of national
wildlife areas and other entities in Maine that can be activated.
Check out parksontheair.com for rules, a map and other details of sites near
you. Direct any questions to Jeff - email j.hanscom@gmail.com


 K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
WB1ABC- Ari..Bought an amp and now we can here him on 75 meters, worships his wife, obsessed with Id'ing
N1BOW-Phil...Retired broadcast engineer, confused and gullible, cheap, only uses singl ply toilet paper
KB1OWO- Larry...Handsome Fellow ,only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of Florida
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long
W1HHO- Cal...3941 group
K1MPM- Pete...3941 group
WA1JFX- Russell...3941


Silet Key KA1BXB-Don...Regular on 3900 mornings....just don't mention politics to him, please!
Silent Key N1IOM- 3910 colorful regular
Silent Key WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Silent Key KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
Silent Key Neil -K1YPM .....a true gentleman
Silent Key K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....